BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide For Ireland

BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid
Price: From € 43,182
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle)
Battery size: 8.82 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 87 − 91 km
Tailpipe emissions: 16-15 g (CO2/km)


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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 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 2 Series Active Tourer MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) has been manufactured since 2014. The BMW PHEV is available as an all-wheel drive (AWD).

Though automotive manufacturers like BMW, have been busy upgrading their model portfolios, to include plug-in hybrids, in general, the number of available MPV plug-in electric cars, still remains limited, in particular, in the premium-priced segment. Therefore, the BMW 2 Series plug-in MPV electric car is certainly worth the consideration.

The BMW Active Tourer plug-in hybrid has a 8.82 kWh onboard EV battery, with a fuel-free zero-tailpipe emission range up to 91 km (WLTP certified). Of course, do keep in mind that the real-world EV range will be lower than the WLTP range, and assuming a 85 km electric range is more realistic.

Both the EV battery size and claimed range are very similar to what we have come to expect of most PHEVs, however, the more recent plug-in electric cars offer a larger battery size and a longer pure electric range. Nevertheless, an e-range between 75 and 80 km is sufficient for most daily commutes and needs.

The real-world range will impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, passenger and cargo load, speed, regenerative braking profile, onboard services used, road conditions and of course the weather! However, the PHEV offers ample range to take advantage of the lower cost of driving an electric car. Depending on where and when the EV is charged, the cost per km on electric mode is between 5 and 10 cents i.e. far cheaper than using the internal combustion engine (ICE).

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. The EV has a 3.7 kW AC onboard charger, which is disappointing, given the 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 2.5 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 4 hours to charge the EV. The PHEV does not offer fast DC charging compatibility.

The more a PHEV is driven on EV mode, the better is the overall efficiency and fuel economy of the vehicle. BMW claims that the BMW 225xe PHEV can deliver up to 0,7 l/100km. Of course, the real-world fuel consumption will depend on how well you leverage the use of the 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 2 Series plug-in electric car. The claimed tailpipe-emissions is up to 16 g (CO2/km). The lower the emissions, the lower the local air pollution. A win-win for all!

The performance of the BMW 2 Series is decent, but not exceptional. The EV is reasonably quick, despite the extra weight of the onboard EV battery. It can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds (maximum power: 220 HP). The EV pairs a 2.0-litre (four-cylinder) petrol engine with an electric motor (70 kW).

The BMW PHEV has a good quality interior, as would be expected from a premium-badged EV. 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 and intuitive. In terms of practicality, the five-door PHEV offers 400 L cargo volume. Not exceptional, but certainly sufficient.

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


 PROS CONS
Versatile and a practical family electric vehicleSmall EV battery, limited electric range, onboard charger limited to 3.7 kW, DC charging not available
All-wheel drive (AWD) as standardExpensive. Cheaper alternative PHEVs available
Cheap to run on electric modeHigher tailpipe emissions, compared to recent PHEVs

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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid (credit: BMW)


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

Variants (1 Option)
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (from € 43,182)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 8.82 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2.5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:16-15 g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

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):1556
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4354
Wheelbase (mm):2670
Turning Circle (m):11
Boot capacity (L):400

BMW 225e Sport Active Tourer
EV Battery Capacity:8.82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):87 − 91 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.1 – 14.7
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):0.7 – 0.6
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2.5 hrs)
Top Speed:200 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.7 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):70
Max Power (hp):220
Torque (Nm):220
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,760
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Electric Vehicles (EVs): Top 5 Jargons


There is no doubt, in that, for those new to electric driving, the terminology can be both daunting and confusing. We have chosen the top 5 jargons to help you get more familiar with electric vehicles (EVs)!

Top 5 Jargons : Electric Vehicles (EVs)
EV (Electric Vehicle) An EV is any vehicle that uses ‘electricity’ or an ‘electric motor’ to power the vehicle. The electric motor derives its power from a rechargeable battery or batteries.  In general,  EVs are less dependent on petrol or diesel as fuel, and in the case of pure electric cars, not dependent at all, on petrol/diesel for propulsion. EVs encompass all types of electric vehicles, to include Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), Extended Range Electric Vehicles (E-REVs) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).  
Regenerative BrakingDriving at all times requires braking. However, on more densely populated roads, the frequency and intensity of braking increases, reducing the efficiency of the vehicle. Regenerative braking is the process of capturing energy, otherwise wasted during braking. According to the rules of physics, energy cannot be destroyed, instead it simply transfers from one state to another. The same principle applies to braking. The kinetic energy that propels a car forward is usually displaced or wasted as heat. Regenerative braking captures this kinetic energy, that in turn recharges an onboard EV battery, increasing both efficiency and electric range. Electric cars like Toyota Prius PHEV, Jaguar I-PACE BEV and Tesla Model 3 BEV use regenerative braking to increase efficiency and electric range. 
TorqueTorque (Nm) is the measure of the force that can cause an object to rotate about an axis. Torque is a key factor in determining acceleration of a vehicle and is defined as the engines rotational speed. Torque is most commonly defined as the force required to twist an object. For example, a wrench being used. The heavier a car, the more important is the role of torque i.e. the vehicle needs more rotational force to help it accelerate faster. 
WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure)In a bid to continue to improve the quality of data released by automotive manufacturers (OEMs), on efficiency, range and CO2 emissions, Europe has introduced the WLTP testing procedure. WLTP is seen as a significant improvement over the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) testing standard designed in the 1980s. In general, WLTP data is more realistic compared to NEDC! WLTP has been developed with the aim of becoming a global standard, so that cars can be easily compared between regions. However, real world driving data will still differ from WLTP data. As an example, the real world electric range of an electric car can be significantly lower than the stated WLTP range, depending on driving style, driving conditions, weather, onboard services used and more!    
ULEVs (Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles) An ultra low emission vehicle is any vehicle that emits less than 75g of CO2/km and is capable of operating with zero-tailpipe emissions for at least 10 miles. In general, ULEVs release emissions that are at least 50% lower than petrol and diesel cars, by using low carbon technologies. ULEVs include all types of electric vehicles: BEVs, PHEVs, E-REVs etc. and are a key solution in improving air quality. There are currently numerous ULEVs available, to include e-cars, e-vans, e-motorcycles, e-mopeds and e-taxis. Examples include: Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, MINI Countryman PHEV and Renault Kangoo ZE.

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Martina Giobbio

Like, many in her generation, Martina is very passionate about protecting the environment and creating a more sustainable future. Though she is new to the electric driving sector, her drive to learn and contribute is unparalleled. Martina has a Bachelor Degree in Italian Humanities and a Master Degree in Communication from the University of Milan. She has previously worked in press offices and a publishing house. She loves writing and reading.

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