Exploring the natural history of Halton’s conservation areas in the 2021 BMW 330e
|driving.ca 22 Jul 2021 at 13:08|
Under the rear seats is a 12 kWh battery that allows for just about 35 km of all-electric driving. That should be enough for most home-to-office commutes, and if there is a charging station at work, owners can likely get back home without even dipping into the gas tank. Unfortunately, my first destination on this hot June morning was in Milton, roughly 54 km west of my home base in Toronto. The good news is that along the way, there are several free and paid level 2 charging stations right by several highway off-ramps, so it’s easy to maintain that zero-emissions journey. Unfortunately, it can take up to three hours to recharge the vehicle.
Except for the actual, tight switchback at the heart of Rattlesnake Point , the rest of the routes are pretty enjoyable with lots of elevation, flowing left-right turns, and limited traffic. Tackling this route in the 330e reminds me of how much I love sport sedans, especially in contrast to the many unremarkable crossovers currently found on the market, which lack the responsiveness and engaging feel of even this heavy luxury car. With the vehicle set in Sport mode, the BMW promises to put the extra juice from the 107 horsepower electric motor to good use. It sounds weird, a strange throbbing four-cylinder soundtrack accompanied with some sci-fi whirring, but it gets the job done.