Updated BMW 5 Series gets five plug-in hybrid models

–         BMW 5 Series PHEV is the most successful electrified model

–         Top-spec 545e makes 392bhp/600Nm

BMW introduced the refreshed 5 Series in May and promptly introduced its high-performance M5 derivative too. However, the revised electrified line-up arrives now with no less than five plug-in hybrid variants in the portfolio.

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With an increase from two to five PHEV models, the updated line-up will make their market debut by November 2020. Kicking off the eDrive powertrain is the 530e with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. It will be joined by the xDrive all-wheel-drive and Touring (estate) version in November 2020. Interestingly, the power and performance figures of the 530e are yet to be divulged by the Bavarian carmaker.

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What we know, however, is the details of the top-of-the-range 545e xDrive derivative. Under the hood is the straight-six petrol engine making 286bhp paired to electric motors for a combined output of 392bhp and 600Nm. Power is sent to all-four-wheels through an eight-speed Steptronic automatic. This plug-in hybrid sedan is limited to a top speed of 250kmph, but it can do 140kmph on pure electric mode. And can clock 0-100kmph in supercar-like 4.7 seconds.

BMW 5 Series EV Car Charging Input Plug

Additionally, the 545e is capable of going 54-57 kilometres in the electric mode, whereas the average fuel consumption is claimed at 2.4–2.1 litres/100 km which translates to 41-47kmpl. The sedan is fitted with a 400V lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seat. So it does eat into the boot space. However, at 410litres, the 545e still offers a large cargo area by any standards.

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There are four driving modes available for the driver – Hybrid, Hybrid Eco Pro, Sport, and Electric – via the iDrive menu. In Hybrid mode, the electric motor is predominantly used. By pressing the Hybrid button twice, an efficiency-optimised Hybrid Eco Pro is activated. In this mode, the coasting function on the overrun contributes to a further reduction in fuel consumption while also optimising brake energy recovery. In Sport mode, the electric motor supports the engine when the complete system output is needed. Even the gearshift program is sporty in this mode. Lastly, the Electric mode enables locally purely emission-free driving.

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Also, the new ‘ready to drive’ sound produced by the 545e xDrive is composed by Hans Zimmer and lends the electrified 5 Series a distinct soundtrack. This soundtrack – emitted from the vehicle’s speakers – is essential for both the driver and pedestrian safety.BMW 5 Series Photos192 ImagesGet Offers from Dealer

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BMW India delivers 45 cars to The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

August 27, 2020, 04:42 PM IST6,082 Views

BMW India delivers 45 cars to The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

– The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts adds 45 BMW cars to its fleet across India.

– Guests chauffeured in BMW 7 SeriesBMW 5 Series, and BMW X5.

BMW India has delivered 45 BMW cars to The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts so that guests of these premium hotels experience modern luxury in the latest BMW cars during their stay.

These luxury premises have been updated with the BMW 7 Series, the BMW 5 Series, and the BMW X5 to offer the best-in-class comfort and safety. 

BMW India added that the company will also conduct a special demonstration to highlight the capabilities, performance, and innovative features of the vehicles to the fleet managers. Additionally, an exclusive ‘Chauffeur Product Familiarisation’ will also be conducted for the hotel’s chauffeurs. The training session will focus on driveability, safety, and after-sales service.

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Vikram Pawah, President, BMW India said, “Since its inception in India, the BMW Group has successfully created outstanding premium mobility solutions for its discerning customers and premium clientele. Our longstanding alliance with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has been further strengthened with the delivery of 45 BMW cars that will be used across The Leela’s iconic palace properties. The unparalleled luxury, comfort, and quality of differentiated BMW products will further enhance the luxurious experience for guests whenever they visit one of the many renowned Leela properties in India.”BMW X1 Photos118 Images

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BMW sources cobalt worth 100 million Euros for EV batteries

July 09, 2020, 10:15 PM IST25,287 Views

BMW sources cobalt worth 100 million Euros for EV batteries

– The brand will cease to use rare earths in its fifth-generation electric drive trains from 2021

As a result of the expansion of electromobility, the BMW Group is sourcing the cobalt it needs as a key raw material for battery cells, directly from a Moroccan mining company (Managem Group).

With this order, the BMW Group will cover about a fifth of its cobalt needs for the fifth-generation of its electric drive trains. The company will source the remaining four-fifths of its cobalt requirements from Australia. The contract between the BMW Group and the Managem Group is for a term of five years (2020 – 2025), the memorandum of understanding for which has already been signed earlier this year.

Andreas Wendt, Purchasing and Supplier Network, BMW, said, “Cobalt is an important raw material for electromobility. By signing this supply contract with Managem today, we are continuing to secure our raw material needs for battery cells. We are systematically driving the electrification of our vehicle fleet. By 2023, we aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up; more than half of them fully-electric. Our need for raw materials will increase in line with this. For cobalt alone, we expect our needs to roughly triple by 2025.”

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For BMW’s fifth generation of battery cells, the company has also restructured its supply chains. It will directly source lithium, as well as cobalt, from 2020 onwards, and make these raw materials available to its two battery cell manufacturers, CATL (Chinese battery manufacturer) and Samsung SDI. 

– The brand will cease to use rare earths in its fifth-generation electric drive trains from 2021

As a result of the expansion of electromobility, the BMW Group is sourcing the cobalt it needs as a key raw material for battery cells, directly from a Moroccan mining company (Managem Group).

With this order, the BMW Group will cover about a fifth of its cobalt needs for the fifth-generation of its electric drive trains. The company will source the remaining four-fifths of its cobalt requirements from Australia. The contract between the BMW Group and the Managem Group is for a term of five years (2020 – 2025), the memorandum of understanding for which has already been signed earlier this year.

Andreas Wendt, Purchasing and Supplier Network, BMW, said, “Cobalt is an important raw material for electromobility. By signing this supply contract with Managem today, we are continuing to secure our raw material needs for battery cells. We are systematically driving the electrification of our vehicle fleet. By 2023, we aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up; more than half of them fully-electric. Our need for raw materials will increase in line with this. For cobalt alone, we expect our needs to roughly triple by 2025.”

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For BMW’s fifth generation of battery cells, the company has also restructured its supply chains. It will directly source lithium, as well as cobalt, from 2020 onwards, and make these raw materials available to its two battery cell manufacturers, CATL (Chinese battery manufacturer) and Samsung SDI. BMW X1 Photos118 Images

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BMW opens its largest pre-owned car facility in Bengaluru

July 03, 2020, 11:46 AM IST10,764 Views

BMW opens its largest pre-owned car facility in Bengaluru

– All cars are less than five years old, and have clocked under 1,00,000km

– They come with a 24 month warranty, and owners can also opt for BMW roadside assistance

BMW Group India announced the opening of its new BMW Premium Selection (BPS) pre-owned facility in Bengaluru, that’s being hosted by Navnit Motors.

This is the largest BPS facility in India which spreads across a total area of 7,500 sq. ft. with a 15 car display, sales lounge and customer lounge. It is also strategically located at Sonnappana Halli Bethahalasoor Post on the New Airport Road, for better accessibility. 

Since its launch in 2011, BMW Group India has established 24 BPS facilities across the country. BPS claims to offer the finest range of pre-owned BMW vehicles that are carefully selected and comprehensively examined for quality. Every vehicle comes with a full, detailed history about its servicing, maintenance and repairs.

A range of individual and attractive financing options are also available for BPS vehicles. A dedicated team of finance and insurance consultants offer personalised advice and provide suitable financing options as per the customer’s need. Buyers can choose a trade-in offer for a fair exchange value, hassle free documentation and evaluation of their vehicle at their doorstep.

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And due to the current COVID-19 situation, the facility also diligently follows a comprehensive sanitisation process of its premises, workshop tools and equipment, while diligently following social distancing norms as laid down by the Government authorities.