David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/27/18 8:43 a.m.

The Kia Optima PHEV plug-in hybrid can go up to 29 miles on all-electric power. The latest Chevy Volt will travel up to 53 miles without using any internal combustion.

And the BMW 330e? Fourteen miles. Yeah, just 14 assuming the planets and stuff line up.

Some other numbers. The gas engine is BMW’s TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower along with 215 lb.-ft. of torque. The electric motor delivers 87 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Total output with both systems online is 248 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. All of that output is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Zero to 60 takes 5.9 seconds.

The batteries, by the way, are stored underneath the trunk floor. Trunk space goes from 17 cubic feet to 13.

Let’s talk some more numbers. The 330e starts at $45,600, and ours wore Sunset Orange Metallic paint, a $550 option. After packages and options, including $1350 for the Shadow Sport Edition, ours topped out at $52,245.

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