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BMW Active Hybrid 3 a Mix of Economy and Excitement

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Nov 5,2012

BMW is not famous for hybrid cars but you might be surprised that BMW has been making hybrid cars for nearly three years. The makers of the ultimate driving machine now have X6 SUV, 7-Series, 5-Series hybrids under its belt. The first hybrid version of its 3 Series model is the latest model to join the hybrid ranks at BMW.

The 2013 BMW 3-Series ActiveHybrid is now available through select dealerships on eBay Motors. The gas-electric technology is intended to offer only slightly better fuel economy than its pure gasoline model but there is no compromise when it comes to performance. In other words, the ActiveHybrid 3 is fast, offering the same acceleration as a 335i, but with the MPG of the less powerful BMW 328i.

BMW describes the core philosophy of its technology as “EfficientDynamics.” increasing the fuel efficiency. The 3-Series hybrid power comes from a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder BMW engine with a 55-horsepower electric motor, a lithium-ion battery pack, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It gives out 335bhp. The hybrid can travel on electric power for about two-and-a-half miles at an average speed of 22 mph. The electric motor can power the saloon at speeds of up to 37 mph alone.

Pricing for the BMW 3-Series ActiveHybrid starts at ust past $50,000 which is nearly $7,000 more than the 335i. The price premium, which has also been applied to other BMW hybrids, helps explain why hybrid-electric Bimmers have not been big sellers. BMW has developed a line of hybrids, but has been cautious to produce or sell very many of them. The company appears to be keener on cars that use more electricity like the all-electric futuristic i3 expected in 2013, and the outrageously cool i8 plug-in hybrid sports car due the following year.

Then again, BMW is leaving no stone unturned. In June 2012, the German automaker signed an agreement to collaborate with the hybrid leader, Toyota. The two companies will work on fuel cells, lightweight materials and powertrain electrification. The 3-Series ActiveHybrid gives you a chance to directly experience the power of BMW’s vision of a sustainable mobility today.

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