Prompting electric vehicle fans to ask the age old road-trip question – "are we there yet?" – BMW says it is about to start production on a plug-in hybrid version of its new X5 SUV. Motoring.com.au, citing a presentation that BMW executive Peter Wolf made at the official X5 launch, is reporting that Bimmer is "close to" production of the PHEV. No time frame was given, but the German automaker is saying it will one day make plug-in hybrid versions of all of its models once it solves battery packaging issues.

BMW first showed off what it called the Concept X5 eDrive at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this month, and the numbers claimed by the company were pretty impressive, with emissions levels the same as a Toyota Prius. The SUV pairs a turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor that can run the vehicle for 19 miles on electricity alone. Most impressively, the powertrain allows the model to get about 62 miles per gallon (per the more lenient European driving cycle) while propelling the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds. The line for a test drive starts here.


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      GR
      • 20 Hours Ago
      You buried the lead story ABG: "The German automaker is saying it will one day make plug-in hybrid versions of all of its models once it solves battery packaging issues." The fact that they're saying they're going to do this is really big news. The question ABG should now be asking is: is BMW planning to do this in the next 5-10 years, or the next 50-100 years?
      Technoir
      • 20 Hours Ago
      NEWS FLASH: The X5 plug in will come in late 2020 as a 2021 model.
      paulwesterberg
      • 20 Hours Ago
      Prediction: Slower, more expensive and worse mileage(efficiency) than a Model X.
        • 20 Hours Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        BUT you would get a german fit and finish inside the car, you could drive from east to west coast and back without having to worry about battery life, you would know your dealership and it would be near you, you wouldn't be embarrassed about the fancy x-wing doors when going to the supermarket (i admit: it looks cool but it's a family car, not a lambo ) and yes i would like to compare prices cause this will be a high volume model for bmw and i would expect it to be cheaper than a model X in europe we'll see :)
      noevfud
      • 20 Hours Ago
      Is this the week automakers panic and start talking about vaporware and "future" EVs? Talk about pathetic. Who will be next? I see Toyota is going to run ads on the RAVEV, sounds more like a feel good PR campaign.
      Doug
      • 20 Hours Ago
      What will this have in common with the i3?
      FREEPAT75014
      • 20 Hours Ago
      Make the Battery at least 40KWH and put it in an X4 next year, set a reasonnable pricing <€60K and you could count me in !
      Spec
      • 20 Hours Ago
      Yeah, I find it ironic that the EV model they didn't build is probably the one that would have sold the best. I think there is probably some pent-up demand for a plug-in hybrid SUV.