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      02-06-2014, 06:45 PM   #1

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F30 3 Series eDrive Plug-In Hybrid Begins Testing

F30 3 Series eDrive Plug-In Hybrid Begins Testing

BMW looks to be expanding its eDrive plug-in hybrid offerings, with a 3 Series plug-in hybrid model now spied in testing. The X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid has already been testing since last year.

This prototype wears an obvious 'Hybrid Test Vehicle' sticker, but also shows a second fuel cap cover on the front left fender, covering the electric socket for charging.

As for specs? It's likely to use the same engine and technologies from the X5 eDrive, which features a turbo 4 cylinder engine outputting 171hp, paired with an electric motor providing 95 more horsepower.

The X5 eDrive travels up to 70 MPH (120kmh) on electric power alone and has a maximum range of 19 miles (30km) on electric power alone. Acceleration from 0-62 MPH takes under 7 seconds. The 3 Series being smaller and lighter should have even better performance figures.

F30 3 Series eDrive Plug-In Hybrid