BMW has confirmed that it will start production of a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series in China from 2013.
The plug-in will be based on the BMW 5 Series long wheelbase version, which BMW Brilliance Automotive, BMW's China company, began building in Shenyang in 2010.
The car named 'New Energy vehicle', is based on the 'mild' hybrid drivetrain BMW showcased in the ActiveHybrid 5 concept, equipped with a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine, eight-speed transmission and 40kW electric motor.
The BMW 5 Series hybrid plugin will feature an emissions-free all-electric range of 47 miles when moving at a constant speed of 37mph. A maximum range, including the petrol engine, will be 250 miles.Published 20 April 2011