One in five BMW 5 Series worldwide is a hybrid – 530e

5 Series | January 1st, 2019 by 4
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The last month of November was the best month ever for the sales figures of the electrified models of the BMW Group. For example, BMW sold nearly 15,000 worldwide in November, out of a total of just over 220,000 cars sold. This figure of 14,767 electrified cars represents an increase of more than 26 percent compared to November 2017.

Five years after its launch, the BMW i3 managed to seduce 3,468 customers in the month of November, just shy of its record month in March 2018 – 3,490 orders. The plug-in hybrids are also gaining popularity worldwide. For example, the plug-in hybrid versions of the MINI Countryman, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW X1 (which is available in China) account for 10 percent of the total sales of these respective models.

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But in this area, the champion is still the BMW 5-Series, of which one customer in five prefers the plug-in hybrid variant worldwide. The 530e packs a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-pot outputting 180 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired to an electric motor, which makes 95 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Combined, the two develop 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque (thanks to weird hybrid maths). BMW claims the 530e will get from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. BMW also claims 117 combined MPGe for the 530e.

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The 530e will travel about 30 miles on electric power alone at speeds up to 87 mph. BMW says charging takes three hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet and less than five hours on a standard 120-volt wall socket.


4 responses to “One in five BMW 5 Series worldwide is a hybrid – 530e”

  1. Michael Herrmann says:

    Most stupid car ever – more weight, less trunk space, almost same consumption as 520i and an expensive battery to replace at some point. In winter you can‘t even drive the first miles with battery as it needs to heat up first…

    • maxnix says:

      Quite wrong unless you live in Antarctica. Do you know anyone that actually uses one of these?

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      520i isn’t even sold here, 5er is large enough your other points are moot, my Accent’s battery is 10 yrs. old, works fine, my friend’s Prius is years old, have never heard her complain about longevity (or anything, she loves it, doesn’t miss her old SL) & I have underground parking so no warm-up. Anymore imaginary criticisms? Year over year up 26%, that’s a lot of stupid people. Or maybe just 1.

  2. Donald Dong says:

    This is a perfect hybrid for mid-size saloon. BMW chose eco-turbo for this segment, plus a small battery capable of 111 horses, they execute this perfectly, this vehicle significantly lowers fuel consumption, and with battery control, they can charge it back real fast once its depleted, that means you don’t even need to plug it in the socket, the ICE will help to do the job pretty nicely, plus pretty good car to drive, not as good as 540i due to low rolling resistance tires, but its more than good enough for daily commute

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