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When it comes to the pursuit for efficiency, you can always count on BMW to make its mark in this area. The eDrive technology in the new BMW 330e once again underlines the brand’s advancements in terms of powertrain electrification. It forms an integral component of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics strategy, to increase power and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Developed initially for the all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, the modular structure of BMW’s eDrive tech made it possible for it to be integrated into various vehicle concepts and segments. Which brings us nicely to the BMW 330e eDrive plug-in hybrid.

Here, the eDrive system pairs a 184 hp 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine to a 108 hp electric motor. It gives a total system output of 252 hp, and can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 225 km/h. The BMW 330e returns an average fuel consumption of 2.1-1.9 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of just 49–44 g/km (in the EU test cycle).

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In MAX eDrive mode, it can run purely on electric power up to 120 km/h, and the combustion engine only comes online when the accelerator’s kickdown threshold is passed. In Save Battery mode, the battery’s charge can be maintained to enable electric driving later on in the journey.

Nonetheless, if the selector level is moved into the S gate, the combustion engine is online for maximum output, while the battery charge is raised to 80%. With the addition of the BMW eDrive functions, the ECO PRO, COMFORT and SPORT driving experience modes are now even more clearly defined than on BMW’s conventional vehicles.

Charging the high voltage batteries of the BMW 330e is simple, as it can be powered up from a domestic socket using the standard charging cable supplied from a BMW i Wallbox.

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