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BMW’s 2013 ActiveHybrid 3 is the Perfect Balance Between Fuel Efficiency and Power

Posted By Marc Carter On July 9, 2012 @ 3:48 pm In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation | No Comments

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Since the first hybrid models [1] arrived on the market over a decade ago, we’ve become accustomed to most hybrids placing a large emphasis on fuel efficiency at the cost of sheer power and fun. The new 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 [2] is not one of those “typical” hybrids. The ActiveHybrid 3 is powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that is mated to an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new vehicle is a hybrid version of the popular BMW 3 Series [3], and it’s the third model in BMW’s lineup that will be available with a hybrid electric powertrain. BMW has announced that the 2013 ActiveHybrid 3 will arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall with a starting price of $50,195.

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The ActiveHybrid 3′s drivetrain generates a total of 335 horsepower, which is an increase of 13 percent over the less fuel-efficient six-cylinder BMW 335i [4]. The electric motor [5] also has a maximum output of 55 horsepower, which is enough power to provide electric-only emissions-free driving at speeds up to 45 mph. Fully charged, the car’s lithium-ion battery [6] provides an all-electric driving range of up to 2.5 miles at an average speed of about 20 mph.

The 3.0L six-cylinder engine kicks in automatically when the driver requires more power, and its performance can be boosted by the electric motor [5] to provide extra power when accelerating. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 can reach 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds and has a governed top speed of 155 mph, which is easily more power than you get with a Toyota Prius [7]. BMW hasn’t announced the official fuel economy specs for the US-spec version of the ActiveHybrid 3, but BMW [8] does expect it to get around 36 mpg on the European cycle.

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[1] hybrid models: http://inhabitat.com/7-sexy-sporty-hybrid-cars-hitting-the-streets-soon/

[2] 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3: http://inhabitat.com/bmw-shows-off-its-new-activehybrid-3-and-activehybrid-5-vehicles-at-naias/

[3] BMW 3 Series: http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/content/vehicles/2012/3/default.aspx

[4] BMW 335i: http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/content/Vehicles/2013/3/335iSedan/default.aspx

[5] electric motor: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+motor

[6] lithium-ion battery: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=lithium-ion+battery

[7] Toyota Prius: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=toyota+prius

[8] BMW: http://www.bmwusa.com

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