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BMW has shown its commitment to the development of hybrid and electric powertrains in recent years, with vehicles in its ActiveHybrid range, electrics like its BMW ActiveE and range-extended EVs like the i3 and i8. Plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles are clearly top-of-mind for the German automaker. We saw spy shots of the PHEV BMW X5 eDrive prototypes about a year ago, and now our shooters have come through with a 3 Series-bodied version of the technology, as well.

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BMW Finally Builds A Serious Full Hybrid

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The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is only a few months from hitting dealer floors, which makes this as good a time as any to release pricing. The ActiveHybrid 5 will start at $61,845, *including a $895 destination and handling charge.

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The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is only a few months from hitting dealer floors, which makes this as good a time as any to release pricing. The ActiveHybrid 5 will start at $61,845, *including a $895 destination and handling charge.

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As part of the big unveiling of the new BMW 3 Series today came word of the new ActiveHybrid 3, which is scheduled to bow next fall. You can get the full details on the 3 over on Autoblog, but here's the skinny on the gas-electric version.

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As recent rumors suggested, BMW is, in fact, growing its hybrid offerings, though battery power may not be headed to the 3 Series just yet. The German automaker has just unveiled a new production ActiveHybrid 5. The vehicle is based on the 535i, and pairs the company's turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine with a 55-horsepower electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A lithium-ion battery pack provides electricity storage. All told, the system produces somewhere around 335 hor

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The BMW ActiveHybrid 6 may be dead, but the new ActiveHybrid 5 Series is getting ready to take its place. BMW today announced that the full hybrid based on the 535i Sedan will be coming to U.S. dealers starting next March. With a promised ability to go 37 miles per hour when running on battery power and the ability to go 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, this isn't your standard hybrid. BMW isn't saying what the mpg rating of the ActiveHybrid 5 will be, exactly, but does promise that it will offer "exception

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The auto industry cross-pollination continues, with BMW and Peugeot having signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand their engineering collaboration to include a new hybrid system. Specifically, this will be a hybrid drive for front-wheel drive vehicles, marking a departure for both BMW and Peugeot.

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2010 BMW 135i – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Not too long ago we learned that BMW was secretly working on a hydrogen hybrid powertrain. Then, just days ago, we brought spy shots of the real deal caught in action. Yep, that's a modified front-wheel drive 1 Series pictured sporting both hydrogen and electric components. Now there's even more to this developing story.

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BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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BMW is knee-deep in hybrid technology these days, having both mild hybrids and sophisticated full two-mode drivetrains in production. Apparently, there's work underway on a radical twin-engine system as well, proof of which can be seen by perusing this patent application.

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BMW is knee-deep in hybrid technology these days, having both mild hybrids and sophisticated full two-mode drivetrains in production. Apparently, there's work underway on a radical twin-engine system as well, proof of which can be seen by perusing this patent application.

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Says Jean Todt, newly-appointed president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), "I am convinced that we absolutely must reflect the environment with new technologies." With that statement, it would appear that at least some of the direction of former FIA president Max Mosley will stay intact.

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Says Jean Todt, newly-appointed president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), "I am convinced that we absolutely must reflect the environment with new technologies." With that statement, it would appear that at least some of the direction of former FIA president Max Mosley will stay intact.

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2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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