BMW previews two new ‘i’ badged green concepts

BMW has revealed two new concept cars, with both wearing their new ‘i’ badge which highlights their green credentials.

The BMW Group has showcased its visions of future mobility with the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 concept studies.

Unveiled for the first time, these concept vehicles provide a glimpse of the first electrically powered production cars from the new BMW i sub-brand, due to be launched as the BMW i3 in 2013 and the BMW i8 in 2014.

With its zero-emission electric drive and a range of approximately 150 kilometres, the BMW i3 Concept has been specifically developed for use in an urban environment, its dynamic 125 kW electric motor and rear-wheel drive ensuring BMW-style dynamic handling.

The BMW i8 Concept goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and boasts fuel consumption of under three litres per 100 km. Its plug-in hybrid drive with a system output of 260 kW allows a range of up to 35 kilometres in electric mode is deemed sufficient for most everyday journeys.

For more dynamic driving or out-of-town routes, a high-performance three-litre petrol engine also comes into play.


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