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EX­PECT the new $229,000 BMW 740e plug-in hy­brid to be as big a hit with hire car op­er­a­tors as Toy­ota’s hy­brid Camry is with taxi drivers — for the same rea­son.

For each, run­ning costs drop dra­mat­i­cally com­pared with sim­i­lar size ve­hi­cles with con­ven­tional pow­er­trains.

The third iPer­for­mance plug-in petrol-elec­tric vari­ant from BMW sold here, the 740e com­petes with a sim­i­lar spec Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Its iPer­for­mance sta­ble­mates are the X5 40e SUV and the 330e sedan.

BMW claims the 740e, with a com­bined out­put of 240kW, has av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion of 2.2L/100km.

Power comes from the same 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der turbo en­gine with syn­chro­nous elec­tric mo­tor as used in the X5 40e and 330e.

Drive goes to the rear wheels through an eight­speed auto trans­mis­sion.

Elec­tric power comes from a lithium ion bat­tery rated at 9.2kWh.

The 740e will drive on elec­tric­ity alone up to a bestin-class 48km. It can be recharged from a do­mes­tic power point in five hours.

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