Hybrid BMW turns on electric mode in LEZ: Hybrid cars software will soon be able to switch cars electric vehicle (EV) mode when entering low emission zones (LEZ) in London and Birmingham.

A new ‘world-first’ digital service named eDrive Zones has been launched by BMW, which automates the process of switching to electric-only power when a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle enters designated areas in the UK.

The software ensures if the journey destination is entered into the vehicle’s navigation system, electric power is used within the low emission zone during that part of the journey.

So drivers can see their location, the low emission zones in London and Birmingham are highlighted graphically on the vehicle’s navigation screen.

This feature also covers the TFL Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) zone in London, whilst in Birmingham, the service will function in the city’s planned Clean Air Zone, which is due to be implemented in 2021 and has already been enabled in BMW models.

BMW AG board member for Customer, Brands, Sales, Pieter Nota said: “BMW eDrive Zones technology supports customers to drive emission-free in London and Birmingham. It improves air quality in cities fast and reduces running costs for drivers. It’s win-win for everyone.”

Hybrid BMW turns on electric mode in LEZ

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