BMW

Taking a wide-reaching portfolio approach to reducing fuel use and emissions, BMW was slow to hybridize or offer a full EV, and concentrated last decade into this on tweaking existing product types. What are these tweaks? Stop-start systems, regenerative braking, low rolling resistance tires, optimized drivetrains, lightweight construction, electric power steering, and even gear shift indicators informing the driver when to upshift or downshift for maximum efficiency. BMW has called these systems “efficient dynamics”—a code word for making large fast engines a little more conservative. And now beyond that, the company is adding in performance hybrids” it calls “ActiveHybrids,” more-efficient diesels, and beyond that yet more, its electrified plug-in i-Series is dedicated to sustainability. The first two i-Series case are being U.S. launched in2014, these are the i3 city car and i8 plug-in sports hybrid. The i3 comes wither in pure EV form, or with a tiny gas engine range extender.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
BMW X6 Hybrid

BMW X6 Hybrid

An SUV that has crossed over into sports car territory.
18 MPG Hybrid $90000 Now
2008 BMW 335d

2008 BMW 335d

The 3-series with a 3.0-liter biturbo inline-six diesel powerplant.
29 MPG Diesel $44700 Now
2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

High-performance, luxury SUV. Now more efficient as a diesel.
23 MPG Diesel $52000 Now
2008 BMW Hydrogen 7

2008 BMW Hydrogen 7

The BMW Hydrogen 7— essentially a 7 Series sedan—burns sub-zero liquid hydrogen in its conventional V-12 engine.
MPG Hydrogen $ Concept
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Think of it as a 530i with improved fuel economy and fewer emissions.
26 MPG Hybrid $60000 Now
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

The fastest-accelerating hybrid sedan in the world
20 MPG Hybrid $97000 Now