BMW presents the new plug-in-hybrid-technology built into the BMW Concept Active Tourer. For the first time, BMW combined two different drive concepts in one car: A BMW TwinPower Turbo combustion engine and an electric engine. The concept vehicle combines comfort and functionality with dynamic performance and style.

The first FWD BMW and multi-purpose vehicle versions (MPV) of small family cars (sometimes also referred to as “compact cars”), the BMW Concept Active Tourer will come to market within two years and will compete against a similar offering from Mercedes-Benz and its B-Class vehicles.

Video: The new BMW plug in hybrid technology

The total power output for this concept is 140 kW/190bhp which brings the car from 0 to 100km/h in less than 8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 200 km/h. Since the new concept falls directly under the guidance of the EfficientDynamics program, the fuel consumption is as low as expected, if not lower: 2.5 liters per 100km. How “green” is the concept? 60 g/km CO2. The lithium-ion battery of this plug-in hybrid automobile can be charged at a conventional mains socket. Its capacity allows ranges of over 30 kilometers when operated on electric power alone.

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