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

BMW X2 xDrive25e Plug-In Hybrid
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 8.82 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 32 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 40-41g (CO2/km)

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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):

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 32 miles. 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 25 miles is more than sufficient. In fact, 2/3rds of motorist drive at an average 30 miles per day. This should not come as a surprise, 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 25 miles, 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 mile is 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 156.9 mpg 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 a fuel economy closer to 40 mpg.

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 hrs. We recommend charging overnight, when the cost of electricity is cheaper. The EV does not offer DC charging. BMW offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles 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 0-62 mph in 6.8 seconds (maximum power: 220). The top speed is 121 mph (electric mode: 83 mph). 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 EV has claimed tailpipe emissions up to 41g CO2/km. Again, substantially lower than the emissions of the conventional petrol variant. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! The BMW electric car is not available in India.

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)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Available In India:No

Variants (1 Option)
BMW X2 xDrive25e M Sport

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:40-41g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

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)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Height (mm):1512
Width (mm):1824
Length (mm):4360
Wheelbase (mm):2670
Boot capacity (L):410

BMW X2 xDrive25e M Sport
EV Battery Capacity:8.82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):32 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):4.1
Fuel Consumption (MPG):156.9
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3.5 hrs)
Top Speed:121 mph (electric mode: 83 mph)
0-62 mph:6.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):70
Max Power (hp):220
Torque (Nm):220
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,805
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

History Of Electric Cars: Quick Facts

  • An electric vehicle (EV), also referred to as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is not a new invention or even an invention of modern times. Indeed, EVs were first developed more than a 100 years ago in the 19th century. Put another way, Mahatma Gandhi was yet to be born, when inventors from various countries, to include European countries and the United States were already investing electric motors and batteries.  
  • The first practical electric cars were built in the second half of the nineteenth century, with the first US electric car introduced in 1890. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had just turned 21! 
  • Electric vehicles came into prominence in the early 1900’s, a time when horse-drawn carriages were the primary mode of transportation. Archived black and white photographs from that period show famous avenues like Madison Avenue in New York city filled with horse-drawn carriages. In stark contrast, a similar photograph taken a decade later of Madison Avenue showed not a single horse-drawn carriage. Instead the avenue  was filled with motor vehicles, a new invention. It was the beginning of man’s love affair with cars that has lasted more than a century and still going strong. 
  • However, the uptake of electric vehicles in the early 20th century was short-lived, as gasoline powered vehicles propelled by internal combustion engines (ICE) become the preferred mode of transportation.  
  • Bottom-line, manufactures chose internal combustion engines over electric cars in the early 1900s for various reasons, to include, the costs and production volumes.  
  • It is not definitive as to where EVs were invented or to credit a single inventor. However, one known electric motor (small-scale) was created in 1828 by Anyos Jedlik, a Hungarian inventor, engineer, physicist and Benedictine priest. Hungarians and Slovaks still consider him to be the unsung hero of the electric motor.  
  • Shortly after, between 1832 and 1839, a Scottish inventor Robert Anderson created a large electric motor to drive a carriage, powered by non-rechargeable primary power cells. Through the 19th century a number of inventors were inspired to develop electric motors to include, Thomas Davenport, an American from Vermont credited with building the first DC electric motor in America (1834). Unlike many of his contemporaries and other trying to build electric motors, Davenport did not have a background in either engineering or physics.  In fact, he was a blacksmith. 
  • Move forward a few decades and at the end of the 19th century, William Morrison created what is believed to be the first practical electric vehicle. Morrison, another American from Des Moines, Iowa, was a chemist who became interested in electricity. He build the first electric vehicle in 1887 in a carriage built by the Des Moines Buggy Co.  His first attempt was not a great success. In 1890, he attempted again, with more success. 12 EVs were built using a carriage built by the Shaver Carriage Company.
  • The batteries were designed and developed by William Morrison. The vehicle had 24 batteries with an output of 112 amperes at 58 volts that took 10 hours to recharge. Available horsepower just under 4 horsepower. The vehicle could accommodate 6 individuals and had a top speed of 14 mph (22.50 km/h).
  • Morrison’s success led to others also developing large-scale practical electric cars.  At the turn of the century cities like New York had 60 electric taxis. The first decade witnessed strong popularity for electric vehicles. However the popularity was short-lived as internal combustion engine (ICE) gasoline powered vehicles replaced the early electric vehicles. Henry Ford’s success with the then ubiquitous Ford Model T was the ‘beginning of the end’ for electric vehicles. The Model T was cheaper than the prevailing electric cars (US$ 650 Vs US$ 1,750) and could be manufactured at scale. As they say — the rest is history.  

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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 large-scale 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 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 has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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