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Driving BMW 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds on electricity or fuel

Edward Green ▼ | October 24, 2014
Through its overall concept, the BMW i8 embodies the accomplished vision of a modern and sustainable sports car.
BMW i8
BMW i8   Pure pleasure is possible with a hybrid drive
BMW i8The intelligent eDrive propulsion system of the BMW i8 combines the benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine as a plug-in hybrid to create outstanding efficiency and maximum dynamics. The electric drive with 96 kW (131 hp), is located on the front axle. The rear axle is driven by a powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) of peak performance and up to 320 Nm of torque; combined with the electrical boost of the hybrid system, it guarantees typical BMW driving pleasure.

These two drive systems combine to accelerate the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds with fuel consumption of just 2.1 l per 100 km CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

BMW i8There is a variety of modes for an exceptional driving experience: COMFORT, ECO PRO, SPORT and the eDrive button optimise the vehicle properties of your BMW i8 to suit the driving situation. 100% electric driving is possible up to a range of 37 km as is an extremely athletic sports car for out-of-town driving. Between the two lies the best of both worlds: the petrol engine and electric motor constantly demonstrate that their technical symbiosis is never a compromise.

BMW i8Pressing the eDrive button adapts the BMW i8 for purely electric driving. This is possible in the COMFORT and ECO PRO modes. In the COMFORT mode with eDrive, the BMW i8 drives without support from the combustion engine until the battery is almost exhausted. Purely electrical driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h is possible with eDrive. If the button isn’t pressed the combustion engine is activated at 60 km/h.

BMW i8The BMW i8 can be charged at home very conveniently with the BMW i Wallbox or the charge cable and, if required, also with sustainably generated electricity with solutions from BMW Green Energy. A growing number of public charging stations are available on the roads, with access being obtained easily and conveniently using the ChargeNow card. The BMW i8 can easily find the nearest charging station thanks to innovations such as the fully connected BMW i ConnectedDrive services for navigation.

BMW i8At home you can charge the BMW i8 very easily with a BMW i Wallbox Pure or Pro. These charging stations, which are mounted on the house or garage wall, not only complement the unique design of the BMW i8 vehicles optically, but also charge the BMW i8 much faster than is possible with the charge cable supplied as standard – consequently, with the Wallbox Pro, the BMW i8 is can be charged to 80% of its full capacity in less than two hours.