The highly anticipated BMW i8 plug-in hybrid electric car is entering production in April, with customer deliveries beginning in June. It will be available on the European market first and is sure to make a splash, with this highly differentiated plug-in hybrid.
As a plug-in hybrid it has an all electric range of 23 miles from the 7.1 kw battery, which can be charged 80 percent in less than two hours using a 230-volt socket. The combustion engine is activated when the battery drops below a specified minimum or at high speeds.
BMW says demand for the $136,625 sports car has been strong, but have disclosed few details. "Demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during ramp-up," BMW said in a statement. BMW and Tesla are proving there is a demand for high-performance electric vehicles.
The BMW i8 has certainly attracted a lot of attention, which is typical of high-performance dream cars, but this car has earned the attention. In the end however, does the i8 help advance the electrification of cars or make the industry more sustainable?
BMW is considered one of the more sustainable automakers, and the BMW i8 also draws a lot of attention and keeps electrified vehicles on our minds, even if it is outside of our price range.
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Sarah Lozanova is a regular contributor to environmental and energy publications and websites, including Mother Earth Living, Green Building & Design, Triple Pundit, Urban Farm, and Solar Today. Her experience includes work with small-scale solar energy installations and utility-scale wind farms. She earned an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School and she resides in Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage in Midcoast Maine with her husband and two children.
Sarah Lozanova is an environmental journalist and copywriter and has worked as a consultant to help large corporations become more sustainable. She is the author of Humane Home: Easy Steps for Sustainable & Green Living, and her renewable energy experience includes residential and commercial solar energy installations. She teaches green business classes to graduate students at Unity College and holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School.