Hybrid vs. Electric BMW Models

Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric: What's the Difference Between These Three Electrified Powertrains?

With the automotive landscape skewing toward an electrified future, there are several new things to understand when it comes to buying your next new BMW model from our Irvine dealership. With mild-hybrid, traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric models available, our BMW dealership near Laguna Beach offers all of the latest in eco-friendly automotive technologies. But which electrified powertrain works best for your drives between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Forest? We're here to explain each so you can better understand what will best fit your lifestyle.

Plug-In Hybrid

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Electric Vehicles

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Mild Hybrid

Perhaps the least noticeable of all the hybrid options out there is the Mild Hybrid powertrain. This features on models like the BMW 3 Series and BMW X5, and gives you an electric assist when driving at low speeds and dealing with stop and go traffic. A mild hybrid system operates from the transmission, helping get the wheels moving from a stop or maintaining a slow cruising speed as you deal with city traffic. This means that the times your vehicle is typically least efficient on fuel, this electric motor is helping out, both improving fuel economy and cutting urban emissions when they are usually at their worst.

Traditional Hybrid

The traditional hybrid setup features both a combustion engine and an electric motor that are always working together to provide a balance of performance and efficiency. The electric motor acts as an assist to the combustion engine, helping to improve fuel economy and allowing for a smaller combustion engine to achieve the same level of performance. By balancing the two automatically, you get excellent fuel economy, but you never have the option to run on electric power alone, which is something you can only get with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

A plug-in hybrid powertrain is the closest thing you can get to an Electric Vehicle while still burning fuel. In this setup, the combustion engine and electric motor work independent of each other, so you can choose the level of performance and efficiency as you see fit. Work both motors together when you want the most horsepower and torque for a thrilling canyon drive or for getting up to speed on a highway on ramp. Or you can use the electric motor alone and enjoy a fuel-free cruise to work from Mission Viejo. Over short distances, you can use a Plug-in Hybrid model as if it were an EV, burning no fuel and charging the battery when you reach your destination. It's only when you need to take on a longer road trip that you'll need to dip into the combustion engine to give you added range. And with Plug-in Hybrid models that can cruise for up to 50 miles without needing any assistance, you can enjoy a day out with your plug-in hybrid and never worry about hitting a gas station.

Plug-in Hybrid BMW Models include:

  • BMW 530e
  • BMW X5 xDrive45e
  • BMW 330e

Electric Vehicles

As the name implies, electric vehicles do not require gasoline to run, making them the most environmentally friendly option for getting around. And because they're dedicated to electric power, you'll get a larger battery pack that allows for hundreds of miles of range, plus a front-trunk area since the combustion engine is no longer taking up that space.

You can find current BMW EVs at our dealership, including:

  • BMW i4
  • BMW iX SUV

Visit Our Dealership Today!

Test drive the latest lineup of electrified BMW models when you visit Irvine BMW today! With tax rebates and incentives on all hybrid and electric models, now is a great time to take a step toward our automotive future!

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