Sep 12, 2013

BMW i8 Electric Supercar debuts at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW Group has unveiled the production version of their first...


BMW Group has unveiled the production version of their first electrically powered super car, the ‘BMW i8′, at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt. The plug-in hybrid combines the dynamic capabilities of a super car with fuel consumption and emissions you would normally expect from a small city car. Featuring a passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW twin-power turbo hybrid system, the high-performance EV develops 231 horsepower from its 1.5 liter combustion engine that drives the rear wheels, while a separate 131 horsepower electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers and a top speed of 120 km/h. The high-performance electric car can fully recharge in 1.5 hours from a 220-volt level 2 charger, and boasts up to 94 mpg in combined fuel efficiency. The motor derives its energy from a lithium-ion battery centrally mounted in the vehicle — which creates a low center of gravity for even more efficiency. It also works to provide an additional power boost to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

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