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World Premiere of BMW i3 and i8 Concept - Web Exclusive

The BMW Group unveiled the new BMW i sub-brand today showcasing their first electrically powered production cars.

Jul 29, 2011

The BMW i3 Concept is specifically developed for use in urban environments and will launch in 2013. The i3 produces zero-emission with its 125 kW electric motor and a range of approximately 93 miles. The BMW i3 can do a 0 to 60 sprint in less than eight seconds and with a high-speed charger, it can achieve an 80% battery charge in an hour. It also has an innovative LifeDrive architecture that features a low weight 2,755 lb carbon passenger cell that optimizes interior space with four seats, 7 cubic foot of cargo space and high crash safety levels.

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The new CFRP technology reduces weight between 550 and 770 pounds, compared to a conventional electric car. This creates more dynamic handling rear-wheel drive coupled with a greater range.

Launching in 2014 the BMW i8 Concept boasts fuel consumption of 78 miles per gallon and can motivate from 0 to 60 in less than five seconds. Its plug-in hybrid drive has a system output of 260 kW that allows a range of up to 22 miles in electric mode. Which should be sufficient for most everyday journeys.

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For more dynamic driving or out-of-town routes, a high-performance three-litre gasoline engine also comes into play. The sports car has an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph and space for up to four occupants.

“The BMW i8 Concept is the sports car for a new generation – pure, emotional and sustainable,” Draeger underlined.

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“This vehicle will mark the launch of the first volume-produced car featuring bodywork largely made of carbon. It’s a revolution in automotive design,” said Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board responsible for Development.

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