If you’re thinking of making your next BMW purchase an electric or plug-in hybrid model and 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.
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 continually rolling out MHT across new models, the available range is growing all the time. 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. They’re certainly increasing in popularity and growing in prominence; according to data from SMMT, sales of MHEV diesel cars grew by 71.8% in YTD in 2021 compared to YTD in 2020. MHEV petrol vehicles were also favoured, with an increase in sales of 75.6% YTD 2021 against YTD 2020.
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.
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?
Over the last two years, BMW has extended its range of vehicles equipped with Mild Hybrid Technology, so you certainly aren’t limited when it comes to choice. In May 2020, BMW announced that 37 more models would have what it called ‘mild hybrid electrification technology’, which increased the total to 51.
That’s pretty rapid expansion, considering the first BMW model with MHT launched in Autumn 2019.
Those with MHT included selected models in the 3 Series Touring range, 5 Series Touring – including M Sport – and 7 Series Saloon. The BMW X Series range also has models available with mild hybrid technology.
Speak to our expert sales team today about the move to Mild Hybrid Technology.