BMW X2 Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide For Ireland

BMW X2 SUV PHEV
Price: From € 54,565
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 8.82 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 51 − 52 km
Tailpipe emissions: 41 - 40 g (CO2/km)


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The BMW X2 SUV 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 225xe Active Tourer PHEV
  • BMW 330e Saloon PHEV
  • BMW 330e Touring PHEV
  • BMW 530e Saloon PHEV
  • BMW 530e Touring PHEV
  • BMW 745e PHEV
  • BMW X1 xDrive25e PHEV
  • BMW X2 xDrive25e PHEV
  • BMW X3 xDrive30e PHEV
  • BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV

The BMW X2 compact luxury SUV has been on sale since 2018. The SUV is manufactured in Germany, alongside the BMW X1. The BMW X2 is also available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

For those seeking a sportier looking, but environmentally-friendly premium-badged compact SUV, the BMW X2 plug-in hybrid is an option worth considering. Next in the line-up to the BMW X1 PHEV, the X2 plug-in hybrid offers a more stylish, coupè exterior, with an attractive sloping roofline. However, the X2 EV does have much in common with the X1 PHEV, to include the EV battery size.

The all-wheel drive BMW X2 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has a 8.82 kWh onboard EV battery, with a quoted WLTP electric range up to 52 km. Many of the more recent PHEVs incorporate a larger EV battery and deliver a higher zero-emission EV range. Having said that, for shorter distances, in particular, in towns and cities, a pure electric range over 52 km is more than sufficient, as the majority of our daily trips are short distances: school-runs, grocery store, high street, work etc.

Despite the quoted manufacturers electric range, expect the real-world EV range to be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: the way the electric vehicle (EV) is driven, road conditions, passenger load, regenerative braking profile, speed, wheel size, weather conditions, etc. A real-world e-range will be closer to 45 km, but nevertheless sufficient and useful.

We at e-zoomed recommend (when appropriate), to always choose the maximum available regen braking profile in the EV. This will help recuperate more energy and increase the overall fuel-economy of the electric car. Moreover, we also suggest to keep the EV battery ‘topped up’, as the more the EV can be driven on electric mode, the higher the financial savings. Keep in mind, that the cost of driving an EV per km is between 5 and 10 cents per km i.e. much cheaper than driving on petrol or diesel. Also, the e-mode offers a more refined and quieter drive.

Moreover, driving on the pure electric mode, also improves the efficiency of the electric car i.e. improved fuel economy and lower motoring costs. The automotive manufacturer has a claimed fuel economy up to 1.8 l/100 km for the EV. To achieve anything close to the quoted fuel economy, driving on electric mode is a must. If the PHEV is driven primarily using the combustion engine, then expect an higher fuel economy.

The X2 EV has a 3.7 kW onboard charger, sufficient for charging a small 8.82 kWh EV battery. Though an EV can be charged using a 3-PIN domestic socket, we would encourage EV drivers to charge using a dedicated residential EV charger like Easee: faster and safer in charging operation, compared to a domestic 3-PIN plug! Using an EV charger, the EV can be fully charged in 3.5 hours. We recommend charging overnight, when the cost of electricity is cheaper. The EV does not offer DC charging. BMW offers a 8 years or 150,000 km warranty.

The four-wheel drive BMW X2 xDrive25e PHEV pairs the 1.5-litre (3-cylinder) petrol engine (ICE) with an electric motor (70 kW). The EV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds (maximum power: 220 hp). The top speed is 195 km/h (electric mode: 130 km/h). Of course, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be a little heavier than the internal combustion engine variant, given the additional weight of the onboard EV battery. However, a PHEV does gain from the availability of instant torque.

In terms of practicality, the rear seats are impacted by the sloping roofline i.e. lower headroom for rear seat passengers. However, the front seats have ample headroom and legroom and the front cabin is driver-centric. Also impacted by the roofline, is the rear visibility.

Despite the boot size reduced in size due to the placement of the EV battery, it still offers 410 L. As for interior quality, the X2 plug-in hybrid does not disappoint. The interior is completed to a high finish and is technology-filled, to include: driving assistant plus, BMW Head-Up Display, parking assistant, wireless charging, Apple Car Play and a lot more.

The BMW X2 PHEV tailpipe emissions are low (41 g CO2/km), compared to the conventional ICE variant. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!


 PROS CONS
Good looking exterior styling (sportier than X1)Small EV battery and limited electric range
Responsive infotainment systemSimply expensive compared to cheaper alternatives
Cheap to run on electric modeOn-board charger limited to 3.7 kW. DC charging not available

The BMW X2 Plug-In Hybrid (credit: BMW)


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

Variants (1 Option)
BMW X2 M Sport (from € 54,565)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 8.82 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3.5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:41 – 40 g (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):1512
Width (mm):1824
Length (mm):4360
Wheelbase (mm):2670
Turning Circle (m):11.4
Boot capacity (L):410

BMW X2 xDrive25e
EV Battery Capacity:8.82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):51 − 52 km
Electric Energy Consumption (km/kWh):15.1
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):1.8
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3.5 hrs)
Top Speed:195 km/h (electric: 130 km/h)
0-100 km/h:6.8 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):1,805
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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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