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28 January, 2019 08:32:06 AM
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BMW hybrid electric cars offer superb driving experience

Sharif Ahmed, Dhaka
BMW hybrid electric cars offer superb driving experience

With the plugin hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology, BMW cars have a great combination of an electric motor, which delivers the maximum torque from zero revolutions per minute (RPM), and a highly efficient sporty engine. So, BMW iPerformance cars achieve excellent fuel efficiency along with superb dynamic performance.

All iPerformance models allow totally emission-free driving without compromising on the driving pleasure, something one would expect from a BMW vehicle. They combine an electric driving experience and high- operating range with functional excellence.

Defining the PHEV technology, Bazlul Karim, director of Executive Motors Ltd (after sales), told The Independent a BMW car with this technology can run independently through battery or engine or a combination of the two. This is one step ahead of normal hybrid cars because of the built-in new technology, he said.

Even without oil, this car will run! Yes, this is feasible. If someone wants to run this car on battery, it is possible without using any fuel/gasoline.

In that case, the car battery needs to be charged regularly, said Karim.

“We have been preparing ourselves for more than six to seven years before bringing in PHEV cars. After all, it's a new technology in Bangladesh. Local technicians and engineers had no idea about this technology,” he added.

“Six years ago, we recruited a set of engineers to get acquainted with this technology and trained them accordingly. Now, they have become experts on all types of BMW cars with the PHEV technology,” he noted.

“We have imported all the tools and equipment to maintain and repair BMW cars, particularly those with the PHEV technology. We have the capacity to stock 80 per cent inventory or car parts in our warehouse,” he noted.

“For the charging arrangement, we provide a special charger box costing Tk. 2.5 lakh, and customers can set this up at home and office or any other places,” he added.

If the battery is fully charged, this car will run 31 km at a time. When the car runs at a high speed, the system will automatically recharge the battery through brake force pedal, said Karim.   

“We have come late to the market. But we have arrived well prepared. In our workshop, we can repair 10–12 cars a day,” he added.

Replying to a question, Executive Motors Ltd director (operations) Dewan Muhammad Sajid Afzal said that there is demand for hybrid cars in the market because the government is keen to have hybrid or electric cars dominate the streets. So, the supplementary duty has been reduced as well.

Moreover, since it is a hybrid car, customers have no idea about what to do in case of a breakdown. “We are also working on building adequate knowledge and disseminate awareness among the customers in the market about the PHEV technology,” Dewan added.

As a premium brand segment, BMW has officially brought the PHEV technology for the first time to Bangladesh. “We have entered the market after fulfilling the entire after sales service arrangement,” he added.

“There is a separate server room in our workstation. From there, we can connect with any BMW workstation around the globe in case of any major problems,” said  Karim.

All the cars will come with five years of free service, parts, maintenance and repair. So, there will be no additional maintenance cost for the customers for the next five years from the purchase date, said Karim.

“We have a fully equipped roadside assistance car to provide assistance in the event of a breakdown of any type of BMW,” he added.

About the price, Dewan said the price of a new BMW 530e is Tk 1.25 crore, while the BMW 740Le xDrive costs Tk 2.15 crore, the BMW X5 xDrive40e  Tk 1.60 crore.

Mir Afsar Ali, manager of Executive Motors Ltd (after sales), told The Independent: “So far, we have sold more than 15 BMW vehicles with the PHEV technology and the response has been very good.”

Explaining the CBS, Mir Afsar Ali said that condition-based service (CBS) was an intelligent maintenance system that permanently monitors the oil levels and the degree of wear and tear of individual BMW components. It also checks the time/mileage recommendations for fixed services and analyses the data to indicate when the next service is due, he added.

 Even visually, the iPerformance range is different from BMW i-style blue elements in the kidney grille and wheel hubs—there is a BMW i logo on the front side panel and an eDrive logo on the C-pillar.

KK

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