Discover the range of BMW MHT models

Posted 22nd December 2021

Updated on 21st August 2023

If you’re thinking of making your next BMW purchase an electric or plug-in hybrid model but can’t decide which version to opt for, there is another alternative to consider.

Pure electric cars are powered exclusively by an electric motor, with no combustion engine at all, while a plug-in hybrid has both – and requires the battery in the electric motor to be plugged into a charging point to maintain the energy it needs to operate.

However, if you’re undecided about either of these options, a BMW with Mild Hybrid Technology (MHT) might be exactly what you’re looking for. A Mild Hybrid car, sometimes called Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEV), has a petrol or diesel engine which is supported by an electric motor - but one that does not require to be plugged in to be charged.

MHT Diagram

If you’re a motorist used to driving models fitted with a traditional combustion engine (the term for petrol or diesel) you probably won’t see much of a difference when you’re behind the wheel of a Mild Hybrid model – but these are cars that deliver a more economical performance.

With BMW including Mild Hybrid Technology across the range the chances are, if you don’t choose an all-electric or plug-in hybrid model, your next new BMW will have an engine backed up by MHT. Mild Hybrid Technology is a great introduction to the world of electric vehicles; according to data from SMMT, 20.2% of cars registered in the UK (as of July 2023) feature Mild Hybrid engines.

How does BMW mild hybrid technology work?

A BMW fitted with Mild Hybrid Technology has both a petrol or diesel engine and a 48-volt battery, used as a generator instead of the more traditional starter motor. This doesn’t generate enough electricity to power the vehicle in isolation, but the battery will help to improve the fuel efficiency of the car – increasing MPG – and also boosts performance and acceleration.

It works by recovering energy during the braking process, and re-harvesting it to provide extra power. So, when you need that extra burst of acceleration, the MHT can provide it. Another performance benefit is achieved when you stop and start the engine. It delivers both actions more smoothly.

Recharging battery
In addition, there are economical benefits too, as MHT reduces CO2 emissions from the vehicle when driving. A Mild Hybrid vehicle is more eco-friendly than a petrol or diesel model without such technology.

Which BMW models have mild hybrid technology?

Since the introduction of BMW Mild Hybrid Technology, BMW has introduced MHT engines across the range, so you certainly aren’t limited when it comes to choice. BMW Mild Hybrid Technology is available on select models across the 2023 BMW range, including the M340d, 5 Series Touring and X1.

MHT Technology is included within:

2 Series Range

3 Series Range

4 Series Range

5 Series Range

7 Series Range

X Series Range

BMW M Range

Speak to our expert sales team today about the move to Mild Hybrid Technology.

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