How Does BMW iPerformance Work?

November 16, 2018
BMW iPerformance | BMW 530e | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

How exactly does BMW iPerformance work? This is the model designation given to all BMW plug-in hybrids. The BMW 530e is a stellar example of how the technology works efficiently to make your life easier.

Hybrid Power

BMW has built models like the 530e to be superior examples of hybrid performance. BMW iPerformance starts with a hybrid powertrain. In the 530e’s case, this means a 2.0-liter, inline-4 at 180 hp combined with a synchronous AC motor at 111 hp. The combined output is 248 hp at a powerful 310 lb-ft. of torque.

BMW gives you a range of different options depending on what your trip needs. You can drive on electric alone, for instance. The electric-only range is 28.5 miles. This is perfect for running local errands and some daily commutes. The idea is that for these types of drives, you should have the opportunity to do this with zero emissions.

The Full Powertrain

A longer trip means utilizing the full powertrain. Here, your range is vastly increased. You get the BMW performance that you know and love, increasing the top speed from 87 mph to 146 mph. You can also use the internal combustion engine alone as the battery recharges.

BMW eDrive allows you to manage these different settings with the press of a button. BMW iPerformance means you can let the car do the thinking about the battery if you want. For instance, Auto eDrive means the car will decide when to use each engine. Max eDrive only uses the electric engine, unless you require more power. Finally, Battery Control means the BMW 530e will switch to the combustion engine when the battery dips below a pre-set level. It’s easy to understand and manage.


These settings are separate from driving modes like Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro, and Adaptive. These kinds of experience settings adjust how the acceleration is mapped, the suspension is handled, and how the car steers. BMW eDrive deals strictly with the relationship between engines in the hybrid powertrain.

In all, iPerformance cars like the BMW 530e make handling a hybrid easy to understand and manage. Combine this with the impressive technology line-up inside the car and you’ve got a car that saves you on stress, fuel costs, and that saves the planet while it’s at it.

Category: BMW i Series