BMW 5 Series: EV Charging Overview

BMW 5 Series: EV Charging Overview

The BMW 5 Series has long been a symbol of elegance and performance, and the plug-in hybrid version adds a touch of green to the equation. But with various models and changing specifications, navigating the world of the 5 Series PHEV can be tricky. This blog post aims to be your one-stop guide, focusing on the European and Irish markets.

Models and Power:

Currently, two main PHEV variants grace the 5 Series lineup:

    • 530e: This "bread-and-butter" option combines a 2.0L petrol engine with an electric motor, delivering a combined 292 hp and up to 57 km (35 miles) of electric range (WLTP).
    • 550e xDrive: For the performance enthusiasts, the 550e boasts a 3.0L petrol engine and a more powerful electric motor, resulting in a combined 489 hp and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in a mere 4.3 seconds. Electric range remains at 57 km (35 miles).

Charging Up:

Port: Across Europe and Ireland, the BMW 5 Series PHEV utilizes the Type 2 connector, the standard for most modern EVs. This allows for both AC and DC charging.

Charging Times:

    • AC Charging: Using a standard 3.6 kW home charger, a full charge takes approximately 6.5 hours for both models.

Maximum Power Input:

    • AC Charging: Both models accept a maximum AC charging power of 3.6 kW per hour.

Battery Capacity:

The battery capacity has seen some revisions throughout the years:

    • Pre-2021 models: 9.2 kWh
    • 2021-2023 models: 12 kWh
    • 2024 models: 17.2 kWh (530e only, 550e remains at 12 kWh)

This translates to the following electric range improvements:

    • Pre-2021 models: Up to 49 km (30 miles)
    • 2021-2023 models: Up to 57 km (35 miles)
    • 2024 530e: Up to 78 km (48 miles)

Key Takeaways:

    • The BMW 5 Series PHEV offers a luxurious blend of performance and electric efficiency.
    • Charging times vary depending on the model, battery capacity, and charger type.
  • The latest 2024 530e boasts the longest electric range thanks to its increased battery capacity.
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