BMW 3 Series Plug-in hybrid prototype: Drive train. Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW 3 Series Plug-in hybrid prototype: Drive train. Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW has rolled out a new plug-in hybrid prototype it plans to use as the platform across its models including the top-selling 3 Series sedan.

The company presented the plug-in hybrid 3-series prototype in Miramas, France. The vehicle has a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor that can drive an estimated 22 miles on battery power, according to a press release from BMW

The vehicle utilizes the BMW eDrive technology which can be found in the BMW i3 and i8, which th

Along with the announcement, BMW also mentioned hydrogen fuel cell technology. “Hydrogen fuel-cells will remain a key issue when it comes to drivetrain development, especially relating to its sustainable production,” according to the release.

Rumors of BMW rolling out a fuel cell vehicle called the i5 in partnership with Toyota began circulating after Autocar released a report in November. Neither company has confirmed these rumors.  

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