BMW 3 Series Saloon Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide For Ireland

BMW 330e Saloon Plug-In Hybrid
Price: € 53,315
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 11.15 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 59 − 62 km
Tailpipe emissions: 34 - 30g (CO2/km)


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The BMW 3 Series Saloon PHEV


BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leading global automotive manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. BMW is well known for its portfolio of luxury vehicles, to include the famed Rolls-Royce luxury cars. The group manufacturers a number of cars under its BMW brand, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The company currently has the following portfolio of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs):

  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon PHEV
  • BMW 3 Series Touring PHEV
  • BMW 5 Series Saloon PHEV
  • BMW 5 Series Touring PHEV
  • BMW 7 Series PHEV
  • BMW X1 PHEV
  • BMW X2 PHEV
  • BMW X3 PHEV
  • BMW X5 PHEV

The BMW 3 Series is currently on its sixth generation. The BMW 3 Series saloon is also available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

The BMW 3 Series has always been considered a good all-rounder, and the 330e plug-in hybrid saloon is no different. The medium-sized electric vehicle (EV) is a good option for those seeking practicality, quality and keen to leverage the benefits of plug-in electric power.

Though the onboard EV battery size is limited to 11.15 kWh, the BMW plug-in hybrid is able to deliver a fuel-free zero-tailpipe emission electric range up to 62 km (WLTP). Of course, do keep in mind that the real-world EV range will be lower than the claimed range, and assuming a 55 km pure electric range is more realistic.

However, ample e-range to take advantage of the lower cost of driving an electric car. Depending on where and when you charge the EV, the cost of electric driving will be between 5 and 10 cents per km. Far cheaper compared to driving on a petrol or diesel combustion engine.

Also, the best way to enjoy the smoother and silent electric mode, is to make sure that the EV battery is ‘topped up’ on a regular basis. This also helps with the long-term health and maintenance of the EV battery. BMW offers a 8 years or 150,000 km warranty.

The EV has a 3.7 kW AC onboard charger, which is disappointing, given the upmarket price tag. A 7.4 kW onboard charger should have been incorporated as standard. Nevertheless, do take advantage of the faster and safer charging using a dedicated EV charger like Wallbox.

The BMW electric car can be fully charged in 3.5 hours. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for EV charging. Using a domestic plug will take up to 5.5 hours to charge the EV. The PHEV does not offer fast DC charging compatibility.

The more the EV is driven on EV mode, the better is the overall efficiency and fuel economy of the vehicle. BMW claims that the BMW 330e PHEV can deliver up to 1.8 l/100 km. Of course, the real-world fuel consumption will depend on how well you leverage the use of the pure electric motor/ EV battery. The more, the better!

Like all PHEVs, the pairing of an electric motor with the internal combustion engine (ICE), also helps reduce the tailpipe-emissions for the BMW 3 Series plug-in electric car. The claimed tailpipe-emissions is up to 34g (CO2/km). The lower the emissions, the lower the local air pollution. A win-win for all!

The performance of the 2.0-litre (four-cylinder) BMW 3 Series demonstrates its capability as a good all-rounder. The EV is quick, despite the extra EV battery weight. It can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds (maximum power: 292 hp). The EV also benefits from instant torque. Top speed is 230 km/h. The PHEV is available as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and an all-wheel drive (AWD).

The BMW PHEV has a good quality interior, as would be expected from a premium-badged EV. The four-door electric saloon is practical too, though the boot space has been reduced due to the placement of the EV battery (available cargo volume is 375 L). In terms of technology, the EV includes: BMW head-up display, BMW curved-display, BMW digital key, reversing assistant, BMW intelligent personal assistant and a lot more. Bottom-line the drivers cockpit is modern, intuitive and practical.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!


 PROS CONS
High quality interior and specificationsSmall EV battery and limited electric range
Refined drive and decent performanceOnboard charger limited to 3.7 kW. DC charging not available
Cheap to run on electric modeAll-wheel drive not standard for all variants

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The BMW 3 Series Saloon Plug-In Hybrid (credit: BMW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:Saloon
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
BMW 330e Saloon (from € 53,315)
BMW 330e xDrive Saloon (from € 55,215)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 11.15 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3.5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:34 – 30g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1444
Width (mm):1827
Length (mm):4709
Wheelbase (mm):2851
Turning Circle (m):11.4
Boot capacity (L):375

BMW 330e Saloon
EV Battery Capacity:11.15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):61 − 62 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.2 − 16
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):1.4 − 1.3
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3.5 hrs)
Top Speed:230 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.8 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):80
Max Power (hp):292
Torque (Nm):420
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,845
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

BMW 330e xDrive Saloon
EV Battery Capacity:11.15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):59 − 60 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.9 − 16.7
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):1.8 − 1.5
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3.5 hrs)
Top Speed:230 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):80
Max Power (hp):292
Torque (Nm):420
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,895
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Ireland: EV Market Overview


As is the case in a number of global markets, to include the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In fact, in January 2022, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed in Ireland. Put another way, more than a fifth of the cars bought in Ireland were either pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

It is also worth nothing the continued decline in the sale of diesel vehicles in Ireland, as families and businesses migrate to lower tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs). Diesel market share has declined from 34.2% in early 2021 to 19.7% in early 2022. We can expect this trend to continue for the forseeable future.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed €100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to €5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.


Ireland: Top Electric Cars


Top Electric Cars Type Of EV
Tesla Model 3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Nissan LeafBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Renault ZoeBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.4Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Hyundai IONIQ 5Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia e-NiroBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia EV6Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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