BMW plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its main models, including the best-selling 3-Series sedan, as the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles reacts to tighter emissions regulations.
BMW is presenting a prototype of a plug-in hybrid 3-Series today in Miramas, France, the company said in a statement. The car combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor and can drive about 35 kilometers (22 miles) on battery power.
The German carmaker also plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version of its X5 sport-utility vehicle and other “core-brand” models, according to the statement. Electric versions from the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands are also “a possibility,” said Manfred Poschenrieder, a spokesman for the Munich-based company.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) created the ‘’i’’ sub-brand for showcasing its clean-car technology and safeguarding its image as a maker of sporty vehicles. The first cars from the BMW i unit were the i3 battery-powered city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid super car. The company didn’t specify a timeframe for rolling out plug-in hybrid versions of its models.