BMW has introduced its new eZone technology that will automatically switch its plug-in hybrid models to zero emissions when driving in low emission zones.
The eDrive service uses geofencing technology to cover the same geographic area as the Transport for London (TfL) Congestion Charge/ULEZ zone, while in Birmingham the service covers the city’s planned Clean Air Zone, which is due to be implemented in 2021.
BMW confirmed it plans to introduce this technology in additional cities across the UK and Ireland in the future.
The feature is included in every new BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series and X5 plug-in hybrid model and is available as a free over-the-air software update for compatible models.
The eZone service also automatically ensures that the electric power is conserved for use during the part of the journey within the low emission zone, if the journey destination is entered into the vehicle’s navigation system.
Pieter Nota, BMW AG board member for customer, brands and sales, said: “This is the flexibility that customers want, as they make the transition to electromobility.
“A plug-in hybrid vehicle combines the best of two worlds: emission-free city-driving as well as long-distance capabilities.
“We urge governments to prioritise plug-in hybrid vehicles in order to encourage consumers to live a more sustainable lifestyle.”