BMW 5 ActiveHybrid alternatives

Latest model: BMW 5 ActiveHybrid 2013
BMW 5 ActiveHybrid 2013BMW takes the development of intelligent hybrid drive systems to the next level with the introduction of the BMW 5 Activehybrid - another series-produced model in which a combustion motor and electric motor join forces to improve both efficiency and the brand's hallmark driving pleasure. The BMW 5 Activehybrid brings together a BMW Twinpower Turbo six-cylinder in-line motor, an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox for the first time. The latest generation of BMW Activehybrid technology also adds precisely controlled - and therefore extremely effective - energy management to the combination. All of which gives the BMW 5 Activehybrid an exceptional balance of performance and fuel efficiency for the luxury executive vehicle class. Its drive system generates combined output of 250 Kw/340 hp, enables the vehicle to be driven on electric performance alone up to 60 km/h (37 mph), accelerates the BMW 5 Activehybrid from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5. 9 seconds, limits average fuel consumption to between 6. 4 and 7. 0litres per 100 kilometres (44 - 40 mpg imp) and has CO2 emissions of just 149 - 163 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle, may vary according to the tyre format specified).

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The 225 Kw/306 hp six-cylinder in-line motor with BMW Twinpower Turbo technology in the BMW 5 Activehybrid is the same unit renowned for its free-revving capability, pulling performance and efficiency in the BMW 535i. The electric motor, meanwhile, develops 40 Kw/55 hp and is supplied with energy by a high-performance lithium-ion battery integrated into the luggage space.

A harmonious blend of performance from the two drive systems is transferred to the back wheels by the eight-speed automatic gearbox. additionally to its full-hybrid construction, which allows purely electric and therefore emission-free driving in urban conditions, the BMW 5 Activehybrid boasts not only the sportiest performance in its sphere segment but also a double-digit percentage improvement in fuel efficiency over the BMW 535i.

In order to fully exploit the potential of the BMW Activehybrid technology, the intelligent energy management of the performance controls in the BMW 5 Activehybrid uses a host of high-tech functions to ensure the drive system runs efficiently. The lithium-ion high-performance battery is charged when the vehicle is coasting or braking, the electric motor performing the role of a generator feeding energy into the high-voltage battery. By contrast, under acceleration the electric motor takes on a boost function. Here, it assists the petrol motor by generating an ultra-dynamic burst of performance, lending the sedan's sporty driving experience a noticeably sharper edge. Added to which, while coasting at speeds of up to 160 km/h (100 mph) in ECO PRO mode, the combustion motor can be switched off and fully decoupled. This coasting mode features convenient driving with optimum utilisation of the kinetic energy already generated. To avoid periods with the motor running at idle - at junctions or in traffic tailbacks, i.e. - the BMW 5 Activehybrid is equipped with a hybrid start-stop function. Plus, the performance controls in the BMW 5 Activehybrid are linked up with the standard-fitted navigator Professional. This enables forward-looking analysis of the driving situation, enabling the drive elements to be primed to deliver maximum efficiency (the effect may vary according to the class of the available navigation data). All the hybrid-specific elements of the drive technology and energy management systems have been designed specially for use in the BMW 5 Activehybrid. The result is an extremely well-rounded overall concept, which also offers a convincing demonstration of the BMW Activehybrid technology's qualities out on the road. Needless to say, all of the new hybrid elements are developed to last for the life of the car.