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BMW launches low emission eZone mode for plug-in hybrids

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.”

 Transport Minister Rachel Maclean

Virtual Smart Transport Conference 2020 presentations available to view now

After three packed days of content the first Virtual Smart Transport Conference has come to a close, but delegates can now gain free access to rewatch all the presentations during the show.

How to watch the presentations

Videos can be accessed by heading to the Agenda & Live Stream section of the Virtual Smart Transport Conference event website and choosing sessions to watch from across the three days.

The event featured thought leadership presentations from over 45 key stakeholders from the public and private sector, with opening statements from transport minister Rachel Maclean (pictured) and Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham.

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