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FIRST TEST DRIVE OF THE BMW X5 PLUG IN HYBRID

Bmw has a long history with making green cars and using alternative fuels. Last year they launched their pioneering all electric small car the I3. Which will be arriving in dealerships shortly. This latest evolution of the electric car uses some pioneering technologies including a carbon fiber body, which is made in America, and allows the car to be strong and lightweight.

So its a natural step that they would create a plug in Hybrid SUV. though we have already see plug in versions of small Hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Ford C-Max,[su_pullquote align=”right”]This is a pioneering step to create a larger vehicle that can travel for short distances on electricity alone.[/su_pullquote] this is a pioneering step to create a larger vehicle that can travel for short distances on electricity alone.

BMW dropped the size of the gasoline engine to 4 cylinders for the first time in the X5 to give them enough room to add the electric engine. Both the gasoline and electric engines combined to supply an impressive 270 horsepower.

BMW’s clever technology allows you to choose with a push of a button whether your car performs in electrical, hybrid or gas only modes. If the operator engages in aggressive driving any power which would normally be lost from braking is reclaimed into electrical energy in the battery.

This vehicle is expected to come with something BMW calls predictive driving, where the vehicle chooses what mode to operate in for the best fuel consumption according to the traffic conditions and topography ahead. Though we still don’t expect to see this X5 in dealerships for at least the next two years.

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Published on: April 21, 2014

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