With the latest progress in battery cell technology, BMW has announced that their BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid will feature a new lithium-ion battery pack with increased gross energy content.
Although its dimensions are unchanged, the 530e iPerformance now gains a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, up from 9.2 kWh from before. This increased the all-electric range by more than 30% to 64 km. Fuel consumption is now quoted at 1.7 litres per 100 km. Later in the year, there will also be a new xDrive all-wheel-drive variant of the 530e sedan with an all-electric range of up to 57 km.
BMW did not reveal whether output and key performance figures were altered with the new battery pack but the 530e iPerformance with its 9.2 kWh battery, packs a combined output of 248 hp and 420 Nm of torque to drive the rear wheels. Century sprint is done in 6.2 seconds while top speed is limited to 235 km/h.
The 9.2 kWh battery pack takes 5 hours to be fully charged when plugged into a standard domestic power socket or under 3 hours when it gets juiced from a BMW i Wallbox. Expect the new 12 kWh battery pack to take a slightly longer, if not the same time to be fully charged.