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.
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.
The Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) runs from 18-27 October 2013 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec.