BMW Concept X5 eDrive Paves Way to Plug-in Future

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive Paves Way to Plug-in Future

Postby BMW » May 2nd, 2014, 5:04 am

Calling it "supremely talented in every way," BMW debuted the Concept X5 eDrive at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. This conceptual version of the company's popular crossover SUV is equipped with BMW's plug-in gas-electric hybrid powertrain and represents the first time the automaker has paired its plug-in technology with its xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The Concept X5 eDrive is equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine generating 240 horsepower. A Lithium-ion battery located underneath the cargo area floor powers an electric motor that makes 95 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque the moment the driver steps on the accelerator pedal.

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The Concept X5 eDrive is designed to operate solely using the gasoline engine, or using both the gasoline engine and the electric motor working in tandem, or solely using the electric motor and the battery. In EV mode, the Concept X5 eDrive can travel up to 20 miles at speeds up to 75 mph, according to BMW. Because some European cities now have emission-free driving zones in order to cut down on pollution, a Save Battery mode allows the driver to conserve maximum range until the X5 reaches an emission-free driving zone.

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