THE STORY OF THE I
INNOVATION DISGUISED AS A SPORTS CAR.
BMW i continues to reinvent mobility with the plug-in hybrid BMW i8. As an addition to the all-electric BMW i3, this innovative family of vehicles encourages a new movement into the world of efficient, yet incredibly powerful electric mobility
BMW i isn't just about cars, it's about innovation. It's about inspiring design, mobility services and taking on an entirely new understanding of driving. After 40 years of extensive research, including learnings from the MINI E and BMW ActiveE Field Trials, BMW is making its official shift into the realm of electric mobility with the release of the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid BMW i8.
With sustainability at the very forefront, BMW i aims to take driving to a whole new dimension where tailpipe emission-free vehicles are a standard way of life. A brand-new world that is defined by renewable resources and innovative means of production that have the least possible impact on the environment.
The design philosophy of BMW i is simple: create beautifully efficient, high-performance cars through sustainable materials and processes.
The BMW i3 and BMW i8 Concept maintain a clean, modern, dynamic, yet futuristic look that is characterized by smooth surfaces and precise edges. This creates a seamless look, as if the car itself was cast out of one singular mold.
Aerodynamics play an important role in the design of BMW i vehicles. Fully concealed underbodies help prevent wind turbulence under the car, while aero-flaps improve the flow of air through the 2 wheel arches and side sills behind the front wheels. By reducing wind resistance, the vehicles become even more energy efficient.
A car that's lightweight can go further. Keeping this in mind, BMW chose to use Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) as the foundation for BMW i - a material which is as strong as steel, but about half the weight. This allows BMW to set new standards in both lightweight vehicle construction and safety.
The upcoming BMW i3 and BMW i8 Concept vehicles will mark the first mass produced cars to use CFRP. In fact, this material is currently being produced in Moses Lake, Washington at an ultramodern plant that is completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power.
BMW LifeDrive is the first architectural concept that was purpose-built for electric vehicles. Comprised of two separate units, the Life Module and the Drive Module form the framework for BMW i vehicles.
The Life Module is a high-strength and lightweight passenger compartment made from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). This, along with the aluminum chassis of the Drive Module, offset the additional weight of the batteries of an electric car.
The Drive Module is an aluminum chassis that forms a solid foundation and protects the battery. The lithium-ion battery cells are stored underneath the passenger compartment of the car. This gives the vehicle optimum, 50:50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity. By housing all of the key driving components in this lower module, there is no tunnel running through the center of
the car. This creates an especially roomy interior for passengers to enjoy.
EDRIVE & EFFICIENT DYNAMICS
BMW's eDrive technology originates from many years of EfficientDynamics development and research. EfficientDynamics helps deliver vehicle technology that increases consumption efficiency. This lowers overall emissions while increasing performance and exhilaration.
As an extension to EfficentDynamics, the eDrive system features an all-electric motor that provides incredible torque and exhilaration from a standstill. It also combines innovative lithium-ion battery technology with a heating/cooling system for intelligent energy management. This helps keep the battery at an ideal operating temperature for maximum efficiency and overall performance.
ITS NOT JUST ELECTRIC. IT'S A BMW i8.
When a car looks this fast, it better live up to its appearance. The BMW i8 does just that, with help from its powerful, yet sustainable TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder combustion engine situated at the rear axle. Driven by a six-speed automatic transmission, power and performance are truly at your fingertips.
Starting at $135,700*
0-60 mph in approximately 7 seconds
362 hp and a maximum torque of 420 lb-ft
94 miles per charge
Fully charged in approximately 1.5 hours
*MSRP without destination and handling and before federal tax credit
At first glance, the BMW i8 comes across as a beautifully designed sports car. But it's far more than just another sports car. Aerodynamics play a key role in the design of the BMW i8, with each detail working toward making the vehicle as high-performance and efficient as possible. Its long wheelbase, short overhangs, precise lines and sweeping silhouette give the appearance that the vehicle is surging forward even when it is standing still. The scissor doors of the BMW i8 provide an undeniable emotional and sporty allure that make it truly one-of-a-kind. The iconic BMW i accented kidney grille is almost fully closed with air control vents in the front only letting in as much air as the cooling system needs. The vents located in the front bumper channel air away from the front wheels to improve aerodynamics. While the vent in front of the rear wheels serves as the intake for the rear TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine to redirect airflow and decrease drag.
The sporty feel of the exterior seamlessly carries over into the interior of the vehicle with each element positioned toward the utmost functionality and comfort for the driver. Staying true to its sports car character, the BMW i8 keeps its focus on the driver, angling the modern lines of the freestanding center console towards the left side. Driver-relevant functions like the gear-shift lever, Start/Stop button, and parking brake are also arranged around the driver's seat for convenience. The 3D, high-resolution displays convey relevant driving information directly on the dashboard in a clear and simple manner. The BMW i8 uses a combination of premium, renewable materials for the most luxurious and comfortable drive. Extremely soft leather naturally tanned by olive leaves can also be found in the interior, as well as the use of lightweight, recycled resources to continue the dedication towards sustainability.