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Driving the new BMW i8

Reinventing the sports car.

by on May.06, 2014

BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is expected to roll off the production line this summer with the first deliveries in Europe.

The BMW i8 may look more like a concept than a production car, but it really is street legal. BMW’s first plug-in hybrid sports car has just begun rolling down the maker’s assembly line in Leipzig, Germany, and will soon join the i3 city car as the foundation of an all-new, brand-within-a-brand of battery-based vehicles, collectively known as BMW i.

The appeal of the i8 is not just in it’s distinctive, carbon-fiber skin. Beneath that futuristic body, the i8 boasts game-changing technology that could revolutionize the sports car segment – a good reason for to head off for some time behind the wheel before it officially goes on sale next month in Europe.

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One thing is certain, the i8 has to live up to some grand expectations. Sales of the plug-in sports car have already exceeded BMW’s original forecast, so the Bavarians have decided to ramp up production. Exactly how many will it sell? BMW isn’t saying for sure, though it’s expected this year’s production will run between 3,000 and 3,500 units. (more…)

BMW Strives for 100,000 Electric Vehicles by 2020

EVs needed to meet tougher European emissions standards.

by on Mar.20, 2014

BMW is counting on the i3 and i8 to help the maker meet the EU emission standards in 2020.

Looming tougher emissions standards in Europe has automakers on the continent hustling to find ways to make sure they meet the 2020 mandate. BMW plans to build more than 100,000 electric vehicles annually to achieve the goal.

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer told reporters yesterday that the German maker will increase production levels of its i3 and i8 in 2018 in anticipation of getting to 100,000 units annually in order to meet the stricter carbon dioxide emission standards, according to Automotive News.

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BMW wants to cut its average emissions to 105 grams per km by 2020. That would be down from 133g/km last year. The European Union set an industry-wide goal of 95g/km by 2021, down from about 130g/km now. However, the targets are individual to each company depending upon the type of vehicles each produces. (more…)

BMW Charges in with New Battery Car Line

Media and European buyers got first look at i3 and i8.

by on Sep.15, 2011

The BMW i8 debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Nearly 40 years after it built its first battery car – a one-off that paced the marathon during the 1972 Munich Olympics – BMW is charging back into the world of electrification.  But this time it hopes to make a serious business case with its new brand-within-a-brand, dubbed BMW i.

The first of the maker’s new models are getting their initial public preview at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week with sales of the i3 city car set to begin in 2013.  The second model, the larger and more sporty i8, will launch a year later, according to BMW officials.

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“If the planet is to survive we must be more careful with our resources,” declared CEO Norbert Reithofer, who added that it “is technically feasible” today to produce competitive battery cars and plug-in hybrids.