Wolf told motoring.com.au, an Australian automotive news website, that "battery packaging issues" were the primary glide over before BMW would start building plug-in hybrid versions of their entire product line. Today the company has Hybrid versions of several models in their product line, and they "are plotting to have a plug-in hybrid [vehicle] in each and each model series."
The BMW X5 eDrive was shown earlier in September at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). It combines a turbo-exciting four-cylinder combustion engine with a 70 kW/95 hp electric motor. The battery pack provides enough range for 20 miles of all electric pouring. It uses the BMW xDrive technology to offer superior pouring characteristics via electronically controlled and fully variable distribution of drive between its adjoin and rear wheels. Power generated by either gas engine, electric motor, or both, is intelligently channeled to the rear or adjoin wheels in the precise ratio de rigueur for excellent propulsion and handling. BMW says this design will give assured traction and optimised stability in all weather and road conditions, coupled with increased agility through dynamically taken corners.
The electrified drive train enables BMW's engineers to unlock impressive potential for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Fuel efficiency is said to be very high, perhaps above 60 MPG, while the emissions are the same as the Toyota Prius, or under 90 grams per kilometer.
Availability of the X5 eDrive is still unknown, with Wolf is saying that the vehicle is nearly ready to be launched, just not in 2014.
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