Sep 12, 2013

BMW i8 Electric Supercar debuts at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

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

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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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