BMW announced this week that it will unveil a racy plug-in hybrid concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September.
Called the Vision, the new vehicle will combine a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine with a 10.8 kW-hr lithium polymer battery. Using the energy stored in its 98 lithium polymer cells, it will be capable of driving 31 miles in an all-electric mode. When running only on its diesel engine, it will get fuel efficiency of 62.6 mpg and offer a range of about 400 miles.
The Vision’s real eye-opener, however, will be its speed. BMW says it will go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 155 mph.
Charging will take about 2.5 hours at a 220-V outlet, BMW says.