BMW has combined its xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system with its eDrive plug-in hybrid drive system to create the Concept X5 eDrive, which it will showcase at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
A four-cylinder internal-combustion engine with BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology and a 95hp electric motor that draws power from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery propel the Concept X5 eDrive. Its plug-in hybrid system allows the vehicle to be charged from an ordinary household power outlet, and is capable of running the Concept X5 eDrive solely on electric power for up to 30km and to a top speed of 120kph, with a 0-to-100kph sprint time of under seven seconds. The electric motor can also be used to boost the performance of the Concept X5 eDrive, giving it a "noticeable hit of extra energy during acceleration and during dynamic midrange sprints."
With the lithium-ion battery mounted in a crash-safe position underneath the load area, the cargo-carrying capacity of the Concept X5 eDrive remains virtually unchanged from the production-model X5.
The X5 eDrive can be driven in three driving modes depending on the requirements and the situation: intelligent hybrid drive, pure electric, or save-battery mode.