BMW Towson Electric Auto News for 2013 New Cars for 2013

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Most hybrids can be described as fuel-sipping commuter cars, but the ActiveHybrid 3 can be described more accurately as a hybrid-based performance machine.  In fact, the ActiveHybrid 3 actually offers 5.3 second 0-to-62-mpg acceleration which is actually .2 secs faster than the very capable BMW gasoline-powered 335i sedan.

Faster than the gasoline version?  It’s because of the hybrid drivetrain.  Some Hybrids are electric powered automobiles with a small gasoline engine for backup .  Full hybrids can thus be run on electric power or on the gasoline power when necessary.  The BMW, however, has a large gasoline engine and both the gas and electric engines can power the vehicle at the same time.

  In fact, he engine in the ActiveHybrid 3 is actually the same engine as the BMW 335i.  This is a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline 6 cylinder delivering 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.  Add to that power to an electric motor buried in the gearbox housing which by itself is rated as developing 55hp and 155 lb-ft torque and what you get is a lot of performance.

The ActiveHybrid 3 is available now. Being located in the DC beltway area, we contacted BMW Towson in Maryland and asked if a pure “plug-in” version is in the works. They told us that one is and is likely to appear in 2014 but for now the ActiveHybrid 3 charges its battery pack as you drive.  There is an advantage to this.

  As such, the car can be fitted with a smaller (read: lighter) battery pack and this cuts down on weight.  The current one is a smaller 675 watt-hour lithium-ion unit manufactured by A123 Corporation in the US.

As with other BMW hybrid models, the ActiveHybrid 3 comes with a number of fuel-saving features such as brake-energy recovery and automatic stop/start functions.  The engineers at BMW have also designed certain components that operate only when conditions demand, such as the engine water pump. Another fuel-saving feature is the Hybrid Coasting function that sets the gasoline engine back to idle when you back off the throttle and lightly touch the brakes.

So whats it like to drive?  As soon as you start to move, it seems like a regular car.  If you proceed under modest throttle, the ActiveHybrid 3 will power itself for 2.5 miles purely under electric power.  This means whisper quiet.

Soon thereafter, the 6 cylinder gas engine fires up and the ActiveHybrid 3 sounds a little more like a standard automobile.  The fun part, however, is when you punch the accelerator and you are propelled by a combination of gasoline and electric power.  Hold on!

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