BMW is showcasing the i3 electric city vehicle and the i8 plug-in hybrid at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). Both vehicles are expected to be launched in South Africa in 2014.
Green Power for i3 and i8The BMW i3, also known as the Megacity Vehicle, is fully electric and powered by an electric motor that generates a power output of 125kW and 250Nm of torque. That is enough to achieve 100km/h in 7.2 seconds while capable of cruising at an eco-friendly top speed of 150km/h. The 18.8kWh lithium-ion battery allows for a absolute maximum range of 190km, which in reality is about 160km.
Fast charging takes approximately 30 minutes to restore 80% of battery life while normal charging will take anywhere between six to eight hours. A range extender model, fitted with a 25kW petrol engine, will also be offered, which will see the range increase to 300km. The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car on the other hand is more performance orientated and comes fitted with both an electric motor (96kW/250Nm) and a combustion engine (170kW/320Nm) which combine to deliver a system output of 266kW. In full electric mode, the i8 can reach a top speed of 120km/h, or with the help of the combustion engine, 250km/h is attainable.
With both motors at work acceleration to 100km/h is achieved in an impressive 4.4 seconds. The i8's electric range is 35km with a maximum combined total range of more than 500km. Fuel consumption for the i8 is rated at 2.5-litres/100km with a CO2 emissions figure of only 59g/km.
Exterior design is fresh and modernBoth the i3 and i8 feature bold exterior styling that reinterprets the meaning of modern luxury. The passenger cell of the i3 is made of carbon fibre while sustainable yet high quality materials are used throughout making it a serious green runner for urban environments. The i8 stands low and wide and has the undeniable look of a sports car, while its proportions serve to deliver optimal performance.
The Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) runs from 18-27 October 2013 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec.