Hybrid BMWs will automatically switch to full electric mode when the cars enter a UK low-emission zone

Smart hybrid cars that automatically switch off their engines to run purely on electric power when they enter city clean-air zones have been launched in Britain by German car giant BMW.

In a world first, London and Birmingham are among the cities chosen to pioneer the new zero-emissions technology which is now being fitted to BMW’s most popular plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

Despite this technology, the clever ‘clean’ plug-in cars will still not be eligible to enter the low emission zones free of charge and are still inclusive of the Government’s controversial ban on all but pure electric vehicles within 15 years. 

Extract from This is Money – 7 August 2020

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