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BMW introduces plug-in hybrid ‘eZones’ in the UK

BMW plug-in hybrid models are now able to automatically switch to ‘EV mode’ in designated areas of London and Birmingham, using the brand’s eZone technology.

The feature is included in every new BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series and X5 plug-in hybrid model and is available as a free over-the-air software update for compatible models.

BMW eDrive Zones automates the process of switching to electric-only power when a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle enters a defined area, using geofencing. The service also automatically ensures that the electric power is conserved for use during the part of the journey within the low emission zone, if the journey destination is entered into the vehicle’s navigation system.

“This is the flexibility that customers want, as they make the transition to electromobility,” said Pieter Nota, BMW AG board member for Customer, Brands and Sales.

“A plug-in hybrid vehicle combines the best of two worlds: emission-free city-driving as well as long-distance capabilities. We urge governments to prioritise plug-in hybrid vehicles in order to encourage consumers to live a more sustainable lifestyle. BMW eDrive Zones technology supports customers to drive emission free in London and Birmingham. It improves air quality in cities fast and reduces running costs for drivers. It’s win-win for everyone,” Nota added.

The BMW eDrive Zones service covers the same geographic area as the TFL Congestion Charge/ULEZ zone in London, while in Birmingham the service covers the city’s planned Clean Air Zone, which is due to be implemented in 2021.

BMW confirmed it plans to introduce this technology in additional cities across the UK and Ireland in the future.

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