BMW i8 electric supercar details unveiled

BMW i8 plug-in hybrid
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The BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid electric supercar, is now on the production line. The sports car has 23 miles of all-electric range. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in an impressive 4.4 seconds, and it can get from 50 mph to 75 mph in 2.6 seconds. In other words: it’s fast.

However, the key for many of us here on TreeHugger is that it’s not only fast but also super efficient. It’s a pricey supercar that a rich greenie with a love for fast cars can feel good about. The BMW i8 reportedly gets a combined 112 MPGe, thanks to its electric motor, impressive aerodynamics, and light weight. (However, note that the 112 MPGe is for the European testing system, which is not as stringent as the US one. The EPA rating is sure to be lower.)

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Another fun fact is that the BMW i8 will have laser headlights (which actually beat LEDs when it comes to efficiency and power). It is the first production car in the world to use laser headlights. (I know what you’re thinking: no, they won’t burn your cat’s hair off.)

If you pay much attention to motorhead car terms, here are some more facts:

  • Combined 362-horsepower, 420 lb-ft output of torque.

  • 96 kilowatt, or 131-horsepower, 184 lb-ft hybrid synchronous electric motor.

  • 1.5-liter TwinPower turbocharged gasoline engine producing 231 horsepower.
  • Like its slightly older yet smaller and cheaper sibling, the BMW i3, the BMW i8 is seeing more demand than initial planned production --- so says BMW.

    Oh yeah, the cost of the i8 is reportedly $135,700 in the US.

    Check out a slideshow of the BMW i8 for more.

    Here's a video about the BMW i8 and the BMW i3:

    Tags: BMW | Electric Cars | Electric Vehicles

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