The BMW i8, first introduced as the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics,
is a plug-in hybrid under development by BMW. The initial concept car was unveiled
at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show,and the BMW i8 concept car destined for production
was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The i8 has a 7.2 kWh lithium-ion
battery pack which delivers an all-electric range of 35 km (22 mi).
In 2010 BMW announced the mass production of the Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics
in Leipzig beginning in 2013 as the BMW i8. The i8 is part of BMW’s “Project i” and will be
marketed as a new brand, BMW i, sold separately from BMW or Mini. The BMW i3 and the
BMW i8 will be the first models available from 2013. Other i models will follow.
The Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car is a plug-in hybrid with a three cylinder
turbodiesel engine. Additionally, there are two electric motors with 139 horsepower.
It allows an acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and an electronically
limited top speed of 250 km/h (160 mph).
According to BMW , the average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) is
3.76 litres/100 kilometers, (75.1 mpg imp), and has a carbon dioxide emission rating
of 99 grams per kilometer (1,3 l/100 km and 33g CO2/km ; EU-PHEV ECE-R101).
The estimated all-electric range is 50 km (31 mi), and the 24-litre diesel tank extends
the total vehicle range to up to 700 km (430 mi). The lightweight chassis is made
mainly from aluminium. The windshield, top, doors and fenders are made from
polycarbonate glass, with the body having a drag coefficient of 0.22.