BMW Unveils Chinese Plug-In Hybrid

In collaboration with Brilliance China Automotive, BMW has announced a new concept plug-in hybrid vehicle that will be developed exclusively for the Chinese marketplace. The prototype is based, in part, on the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

The new premium, plug-in hybrid will be equipped with a 160 kWh twin-power turbo combustion engine, combined with a 70 kW electrical motor, and a yet-to-be-announced battery technology that may or may not be able to charge from a mains power supply.

image via BMW Group

Few details of the car have been released; however, if specifications are similar to the BMW 5 Series the new vehicle will be able to travel over 45 miles in all-electric mode at a constant speed of approximately 37 miles per hour, and using the combustion engine, have a range of nearly 250 miles.

The prototype will be unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2011 trade show, and series production is expected to begin in 2013. News of this partnership comes just after we reported that BMW is also partnering with France-based Peugeot to develop a hybrid program in Europe.

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