The range and performance of a BMW TwinPower Turbo engine coupled with the efficiency of an electric motor: The BMW 7 Series with the BMW EfficientDynamics technology eDrive (BMW 740e, 740Le and 740Le xDrive) brings together the best of both worlds. The result is substantially lower fuel consumption with similarly reduced emissions. And a driving performance allowing the comfort and wellbeing in the BMW 7 Series to be experienced even more intensely.
A BMW luxury-class sedan with minimum fuel consumption figures and full dynamic characteristics in all driving modes. Thanks to its comfort and dynamics, the BMW 7 Series with eDrive confirms all expectations. The eDrive lettering on the rear indicates the electric drive. What distinguishes it above all is the range in pure electric mode. With 40 kilometres (37 kilometres with xDrive), it drives without local emissions and without consuming fuel.
Even in combined mode, the CO2 emissions figure for the BMW 7 Series with eDrive is 49 g/km (53 g/km with xDrive). The high-voltage battery is stored beneath the rear seat so that a sufficient volume of the 420 litres remains for bulky luggage. A future-orientated vehicle concept that is second to none.
As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW 7 Series with eDrive has various drive modes, with which the driver can exert a major influence on the real fuel consumption. The result in practice depends firstly on the choice of driving modes – and secondly on personal driving behaviour. When the battery is fully charged, a distance of up to 40 kilometres (37 kilometres with xDrive) can be covered purely electrically before the BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine switches on as well for optimum efficiency and range.
Whether using conventional household socket or a BMW i Wallbox from the extensive 360° ELECTRIC range of products and services – charging the high-voltage battery could not be easier. Numerous public ChargeNow charging stations are available for energy requirements.
Intelligent energy management is one of the main pillars of the BMW eDrive concept. This system coordinates the interaction of all drive components in order to combine the best possible efficiency with great driving dynamics. Intelligent energy management optimises the hybrid drive's power-efficiency factor by predictively choosing the appropriate drive. For example, available navigation data is used to identify in advance the sections of the route and driving situations that are best suited for the electric motor or for charging the high-voltage battery.
In situations in which the combustion engine would have a low power-efficiency factor, the system shifts up to a higher load range with a better power-efficiency factor. That means that the combustion engine produces additional power. This power is used to create electricity for the battery via the electric motor/generator, which can later be used for electric driving or efficiently supporting the combustion engine. It also controls the electric motor/generator, so that kinetic energy is transformed into electrical energy during coasting and when braking. In combination with ECO PRO mode, intelligent energy management adapts all vehicle systems, including all auxiliary components and comfort functions, to be fuel-consumption conscious and highly efficient.
The eDrive button allows the driver to choose between three different electric drive modes. When starting the vehicle, the AUTO eDrive (hybrid) mode is active by default. The MAX eDrive mode allows a purely electric driving distance of up to 120 km/h. In the Battery Control mode, the saved electric energy is retained for later use.
The vehicle can be conveniently charged at home at a conventional household 230 volt power socket and has a 'full tank' after approximately four hours. The car's charging port is located behind a flap on the front left side panel. All that's needed for charging is the included cable, which can be stored safely and compactly in the rear left section of the luggage compartment. A special seal protects the charging port and plug from the elements. A special wall-mounted charging station or wallbox can be used instead of a normal power socket. This unit offers increased charging power, making the charging process much quicker. The charging status of the high-voltage battery can be read from the multicoloured LED light ring or obtained using the BMW ConnectedDrive App. Depending on various factors, for example the strength of the charge at the power source, the number of devices actively consuming electricity in the car during the charging process and the use of a Wallbox, it takes approximately 2.75 hours for an empty high-voltage battery to recharge completely. In addition, the passenger area can be pre-heated or cooled during external charging. As a large proportion of driving is powered purely by electricity, travel costs can be significantly reduced.
The vehicle can be charged from household power sockets with the charging cable included and also on the go from public charging stations with a cable available from BMW accessories. That way, after going shopping, the driver can continue the journey with a 'full tank' that is free of local emissions. The car's charging port is located behind a flap on the front left side panel. All that's needed for charging is the included cable, which can be stored safely and compactly above the left wheel arch in the luggage compartment. For charging at public charging stations, a BMW Accessories cable is required. The charging time varies based on several factors, for example the current strength of the current and number of active devices consuming electricity in the vehicle.
A special gasket ring protects the charging port and plug from the elements. LED light rings on the charging port make the charging status visually clear. The navigation system and BMW ConnectedDrive App give the driver information about the location and availability of suitable charging stations. Authentication at the charging station and monthly billing for the energy costs can also take place using the separately available ChargeNow card from the BMW mobility service ChargeNow.
Please note: ChargeNow is a fee-based service from the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio.
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