Hybrid vehicles are leading the charge to sustainability. Currently, this consists of Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). In HEVs, the battery is charged by the engine power and brake energy while in PHEVS, it’s charged by plugging vehicles in at a designated charging point, allowing the PHEV to cover long distances in electric mode.
This charge allows PHEVs to offer the best of both worlds in both combustion power and all-electric for drivers who need variability in daily use. However, for vehicles to work at the best possible advantage to utilize the full environmental benefits, it must be used correctly. Meaning maintaining regular charging will help lower emissions, which is particularly useful as public charging infrastructure develops.
The BMW Group aims to help its customers become as sustainable as possible by helping them maximize their PHEVs. BMW specially developed the BMW eDrive Zones program which aims to help drivers use their vehicles to lower carbon emissions by using electricity. When the eDrive Zone is activated, it allows the vehicle to know if it is entering an eco-zone and automatically switches to zero emissions fully electric mode. Additionally, the BMW eDrive Zone also recommends charging points on routes and utilizes BMW points to reward drivers for using electric mode. These points can later be redeemed for prizes.
Looking toward the future, the program will include convenient billing options while generating lower carbon emissions. As we continue towards the path forward, these innovative concepts and programs will be integral to ensuring sustainable driving solutions.
Learn more about the BMW eDrive Zones here.