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BMW eDrive Zones for PHEVs now available in 138 European cities

The BMW Group is introducing its innovative eDrive Zones in another 20 European cities, including Copenhagen, Verona and Toulouse. A total of 138 cities in Europe are now benefiting from this technology; BMW expects to roll out the service in at least another 30 cities worldwide in the coming year.

In an eDrive Zone, BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) automatically switch to all-electric driving mode upon entering inner city areas. The vehicle recognizes the designated areas using geofencing technology and GPS. The automated eDrive feature is available as standard in many existing and all future BMW plug-in hybrids.

Drivers are rewarded with bonus points for each all-electric kilometer driven—and with double points in an eDrive Zone—which they can redeem for charging credit. In turn, drivers also collect bonus points while charging their vehicle.

The 20 latest cities to be added are: Aberdeen, Bregenz, Brescia, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Cork, Coventry, Florence, Klagenfurt, Lille, Matosinhos, Naples, Oeiras, Oxford, Sheffield, St. Pölten, Toulouse and Verona.

BMW eDrive Zones and the loyalty program for charging credit are a success story for inner city emissions levels and for drivers. An overview of the usage data shows:

  • The eDrive Zones ensure higher electric driving shares by putting a BMW Plug-In Hybrid vehicle into electric driving mode around 30,000 times per day in Europe.

  • More than 75% of all trips in an eDrive Zone are completed in electric driving mode already today. Of these, around 40% of drivers already enter the designated areas using the electric mode. Meanwhile, an additional 35% switch to electric driving mode using the eZone function.

  • In the last quarter alone, BMW plug-in hybrid models drove an additional 3.3 million kilometers in electric driving mode within eDrive Zones.

  • BMW Plug-In Hybrid customers have collected around 150 million points since the introduction of the first eDrive Zones in summer 2020, which they can redeem as charging credit. These are equivalent to around 2.9 gigawatt hours of charging power. A BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid can be charged almost 250,000 times from this amount.

As electric mobility gathers pace, the BMW Group has consciously opted for fully electric models and plug-in hybrid technology. The company offers a total of 17 plug-in hybrid models in 95 markets worldwide. eDrive Zones will now enable the potential of this technology to be leveraged even further: if the plug-in hybrid vehicle is charged regularly, daily distances in particular can be covered locally emission-free. This includes millions of daily commutes in Europe, for example.

The market launch of the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer next year marks the start of a broad roll-out of fifth-generation BMW plug-in hybrids. It uses components of the latest BMW Gen5 technology, such as the highly integrated e-drive unit, in which the e-machine, transmission and power electronics are compactly combined in a single body. This brings additional significant increases in terms of efficiency and dynamics.

Positive overall CO2 balance for BMW plug-in hybrids. Sometimes the real life cycle assessment of plug-in hybrid vehicles is questioned, especially in markets with a low share of green electricity in the public grid. For BMW plug-in-hybrid models, the BMW Group has had CO2 certificates drawn up for the entire cycle from raw material procurement, supply chain, production and use phase to recycling.

When charging with European average electricity during the use phase, the BMW plug-in-hybrid models show substantial CO2 savings compared to their conventionally driven counterparts.

Cities with BMW eDrive Zones as of November 2021. The benefits of the digital BMW eDrive Zone service can be experienced in a large number of major European cities. The list will be expanded in the future to include additional countries and cities, so that the electric driving shares of plug-in hybrid models can be increased further in a steadily growing number of city areas. In Germany, many of the eDrive Zones are identical to the so-called “Umweltzonen”.

Currently, eDrive Zones are available in the following cities: Aachen, Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Augsburg, Balingen, Barcelona, Basel, Bath, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Bern, Birmingham, Bonn, Bordeaux, Braga, Breda, Bregenz, Bremen, Brescia, Bristol, Bruges, Brussels, Cambridge, Cardiff, Charleroi, Copenhagen, Cork, Coventry, Darmstadt, Den Haag, Dinslaken, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Erfurt, Eschweiler, Firenze, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg im Breisgau, Geneva, Ghent, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Graz, Groningen, Hagen, Halle (Saale), Hannover, Hasselt, Heidelberg, Heidenheim an der Brenz, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Innsbruck, Karlsruhe, Klagenfurt, Köln, Krefeld, Langenfeld (Rheinland), Leipzig, Leonberg, Leuven, Liège, Lille, Limburg an der Lahn, Limerick, Linz, Lissabon, Liverpool, London, Ludwigsburg, Luxembourg, Luzern, Lyon, Madrid, Magdeburg, Mainz, Malmö, Manchester, Mannheim, Marburg, Marseille, Matosinhos, Milano, Mönchengladbach, Mons, Mühlacker, München, Münster, Namur, Napoli, Neuss, Nürnberg, Oeiras, Offenbach am Main, Oslo, Osnabrück, Overath, Oxford, Paris, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Porto, Regensburg, Remscheid, Reutlingen, Rome, Rotterdam, Ruhrgebiet, Salzburg, Schramberg, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Sheffield, Siegen, St.Pölten, Stavanger, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Tilburg, Toulouse, Trondheim, Tübingen, Turin, Ulm, Uppsala, Urbach, Utrecht, Verona, Vienna, Wendlingen am Neckar, Wiesbaden, Wuppertal, Zurich.



As always, the BMW idea is good, but PHEVs have to be 100% electric wherever people live. The fact that no electrical infrastructure such as charging sockets are installed in many of the countries mentioned is a weak policy for the EU countries. PHEV only make sense for countries that live in the electric stone age! To put it hard, but unfortunately that is not responsible! BMW is helping here with PHEV, but how long does it last?

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