Fascinatingly, drivers are given the ability to configure how the plug-in hybrid drive system operates – through the so-called eDrive button on the center console. Drivers can choose between two drive modes: AUTO eDRIVE that works using the hybrid capability of the vehicle, and MAX eDRIVE that lets the car operate on pure-electric mode.
In the AUTO eDRIVE, intelligent energy management guarantees a harmonious teamwork between the combustion engine and the electric motor work to ensure maximum efficiency and optimized performance. However, when the vehicle is cruising at low and moderate speeds, the AUTO eDRIVE mode would shift to all-electric operation to benefit from locally emission-free mobility. Once the vehicle reaches speeds of around 80 km/h (50 mph) or operates under heavy throttle, the combustion engine will kick in.
In the MAX eDRIVE mode, the vehicle is powered only by the electric motor. However, drivers could anytime harness power from the combustion engine just by pressing the accelerator into kickdown. In this mode, the new BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance could travel as fast as 140 km/h (87 mph) in pure electric driving. Meanwhile, the Battery Control setting allows drivers to reserve between 30 and 100 percent of the battery’s maximum charge for the later part of a trip.
For instance, a driver could decrease the amount of electric power used during highway driving so more of it could be used later for locally emission-free driving. Both BMW eDrive and the carbon core body are a refined result of the development of BMW i cars.
After all, the customers for the BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance could take advantage of the products and services that were originally developed for BMW i. Moreover, customers could avail of the optional anti- dazzle BMW Laserlight that debuted in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.