Thought of the Day: BMW 530e iPerformance — Good or Bad?

Welcome to Thought of the Day! Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield as she poses a question for you all to think about and answer.

Today, following BMW’s announcement of the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, we’re asking if cars like the BMW 530e iPerformance should be treated as valid plug-in hybrids or the red-headed stepchild of plug-in cars (no disrespect to our favourite redheads, of course!)?

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  • Martin Lacey

    Did Bruce Lee’s production team sync the audio/visual files?

    BMW won’t bother doing a full EV for quite some time. Right now it would be more expensive than a Tesla and probably not match a souped up S/X in performance, range and charge times. My best guess would be that once 350 kW charging is reasonably available that BMW will take what they’ve learnt from i3, i8 225xe and this new 5 series and apply it to a new ground up car.

    For now, this PHEV will earn them a few more ZEV credits ( can’t understand why hybrid qualify) and bump up overall CAFE figures, allowing them to continue selling air polluting, lung filling, death bringing ICE vehicles.

  • MIG Auto Transport

    I think it’s a transition phase. Eventually BMW will do a complete EV.