BMW of North America has released information on the new BMW 330e iPerformance sedan. The company said it will be the first model to incorporate i technology in a “premium model.”
The model comes with a 4-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and will add an 87-horsepower electric motor that is already standard on the BMW i3 and BMW i8. The electric motor is powered by “alithium-ion battery with a capacity of 7.6 kWh (gross)/5.7 kWh (net).”
“The battery can be recharged at any domestic power socket and is mounted flat in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load compartment,” the company said in a press release. “The power electronics form a single integrated system that drives the electric motor via a liquid-cooled inverter, manages the energy flow from the high-voltage battery to the on-board electrical systems and provides centralized control of hybrid-specific functions.”
The 330e will have an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles and the vehicle will also have functions such as Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery to help with the life and charge of the electric battery and motor. BMW said the vehicle will travle 14 miles in all-electric mode.
BMW said the battery can be charged using a BMW i Wallbox Level II 240V charger which can be mounted at home or at work. An empty battery will take approximately 2 1/2 hours to reach a full charge using the BMW box. However, the vehicle can be charged using a conventional power socket. Using that will take 6-7 hours to charge.
The BMW 330e iPerformance will be available in the summer with a starting price of $44,695, including destination and handling.