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BMW Announces New 5-Series Hybrid

According to Forbes, BMW has unveiled its latest gas/electric hybrid-powered model, the BMW ActiveHybrid5. Based on the capable BMw 535i sport sedan,...

According to Forbes, BMW has unveiled its latest gas/electric hybrid-powered model, the BMW ActiveHybrid5. Based on the capable BMw 535i sport sedan, the ActiveHybrid5 augments the 5 Series already powerful 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with an electric motor/generator that’s integrated into the vehicle’s eight-speed automatic transmission to combine strong acceleration with improved fuel economy. Together, the hybrid powertrain generates the equivalent of 335 horsepower, which is sufficient to make the run to 60 mph from a standing start in just 5.7 seconds. What’s more, the car can run solely on electric power at speeds up to 37 mph to produce zero emissions around town and can shut down the gasoline engine while coasting highway speeds at up to 100 mph. And as with all other hybrids the engine de-powers automatically when the car is at idle to further preserve fuel. The car’s lithium ion battery pack recovers energy that would otherwise be lost via braking and deceleration to maintain a charge, so the vehicle never has to be plugged in. A full range of comfort, safety, and convenience features will be included when the BMW ActiveHybrid5 debuts in U.S. showrooms next March. Click here for details on the BMW ActiveHybrid5.

Source: forbes.com

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