BMW has embarked on a journey to its promising e-future, and its not taking it for granted. eDrive technology will be included in both, series 2 and 3, arriving in the already announced versions of 225xe Active Tourer and 330e.

The company's first front-wheel-drive Series 2 Active Tourer is powered by a duo of 1.5-litre twin-turbo three-cylinder petrol engine with 100kW peak power and 220Nm of torque, and a 65kW electric motor at the rear. A generator on the front axle can also briefly boost output by 15kW or help charge the rear-mounted battery. The 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV could get to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, it uses only 2L/100km and offers CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams per kilometer. Using the power from the battery only, it can make up to 38 kilometers.

The BMW 330e features a 135kW 2.0-litre petrol engine and an 80kW electric motor, generating 185kW of power and 420Nm of torque. In hybrid mode, it can dash from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds, reaching a top speed of 225km/h.The hybrid is capable of traveling up to 35 kilometers in all-electric mode, with zero local emissions. It uses as little as 3.5 liters of petrol per 100 km, with CO2 emissions set at 46 grams per kilometer. Under the EU testing scheme, the car's combined fuel consumption rating is said to be 2.2L/100km.

Sept. 8, 2015 Driving photo: BMW

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