BMW goes environment friendly by introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the new BMW 7-Series

Days after BMW launched the next-gen 7-Series, the brand has now added two new plug-in hybrid models to its 7 Series range, the standard-length 745e and long-wheelbase 745Le xDrive.

The 745e pairs a six-cylinder petrol engine with a battery and electric motor to provide both four-wheel drive and increased fuel efficiency. The 3.0-litre petrol engine produces 290 HP alone, while the electric motor can develop 115 HP. Combined, the two give a total system output of 400 HP and maximum torque of 600 Nm. The 0-100 km/hr acceleration takes just 5.2 seconds for the 745e the 745Le xDrive is marginally quicker at 5.1 seconds due to all-wheel drive system.

Both cars use the same 12kWh battery pack, which gives 745e a maximum electric range of 54 – 58km, depending on driving conditions, while the 745Le xDrive manages about 51 – 54km due to the xDrive system. Both cars can go up to 140 km/hr on battery power alone.

Other than an updated lithium-ion battery pack, the 745e and the 745Le xDrive will also come with new digital services, which offer location options for the driver to spend their time in while the car is charging at a nearby public charging station. The car's Sat-Nav will also provide a real-time charging station occupancy forecast. Further convenience is offered through the BMW Personal Assistant, which can take care of the basics like looking for a parking spot or a charging station. However, the new digital services will only go on offer from the Summer of 2019.

The hybrid range will go on sale by mid-2019. BMW UK has announced that the 745e will be priced from £76,815 while long-wheelbase 745Le xDrive will start at £83,560.

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