BMW has been working on its new i3 all-electric and i8 plug-in hybrid cars for the past few years, and every iteration seems more refined as it pulls itself away from the concept style to the production stage.
BMW just recently released more details of the i3 and i8. If you haven’t heard about the these all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, well, here is the latest scoop on both of these models.
Starting with the i3, originally came out as the MegaCity concept, it weighs in about 2,755 pounds. Even though it is built with a carbon fiber body, it is still a bit on the heavy side for an electric car considering it is equipped with a battery pack, motor and cooling system. The BMW i3 all-electric car uses the Drive system, which consisted of the suspension, battery and drivetrain, along with safety components. A liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery supplies power to an electric motor mounted directly above the rear-drive axle. The motor produces about 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque through a single-speed gearbox for this EV hatchback. BMW claims the i3 can reach an electronically limited top speed of 93 miles per hour and with acceleration from 0-60 in under 8 seconds.
In addition, the BMW i3 could be outfitted with an optional range extending engine, which a 600cc two-cylinder gasoline engine can be mounted right against the electric motor in the rear.
As for the BMW i8 (Vision EfficientDynamics), it will be a plug-in hybrid. It is equipped with an 170-hp electric motor and a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine producing 220 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The engine is the first mid-engine for BMW in almost 30 years, which will be mated a dual-clutch gearbox. The combined power is 390 horsepower along with 405 lb-ft of torque, and that is enough to accelerate the BMW i8 from 0-60 mph in just under 5 seconds. On electric power only, the BWM i8 is able to travel up to a distance of 20 miles on a single charge.
The BMW i3 and i8 will make its way to production in the beginning of next year.