BMW i8 Gets EPA Rating: 15 Miles Electric Range , 76 MPGe, 28 MPG

1 month ago by Eric Loveday 46

BMW i8 Window Sticker

BMW i8 Window Sticker

The EPA has released the official figures for the $135,700 BMW i8:

  • Electric (+ a wee bit of gas) range: 15 Miles
  • MPGe: 76
  • MPG combined (gas only): 28

Honestly, we’re not surprised by any of these figures, but we will say that BMW had long claimed an MPGe rating of 94 and insisted the i8 was capable of 22 miles of electric-only range.  Euro-NEDC rules do apply to the electric range estimate though.

The first U.S. BMW i8 (a one-of-a-kind) will be auctioned off on Saturday August 16 at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

BMW i8

BMW i8

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46 responses to "BMW i8 Gets EPA Rating: 15 Miles Electric Range , 76 MPGe, 28 MPG"

  1. David Murray says:

    Wow! That is surprisingly low. I would have expected 20 miles range and maybe 35 mpg.

    1. Spec9 says:

      It is surprisingly high . . . and it was wrong. Electric range is zero.

  2. Evil Attorney says:

    I’m confused. It says that the AER is 0. I thought it had an EV mode where it wouldn’t use any gas.

    1. Mint says:

      Looks like BMW can’t avoid a small amount of gasoline usage (0.1 gallons per 100 miles, according to the label).

      Anyway, this car isn’t for your regular joe. Such technicalities won’t be a significant factor in sales.

  3. offib says:

    To think with its efforts on the i3 that BMW would also make the i8 have stellar efficeincy.

    I’ve almost forgotten about regualr gas economy, so I guess 28mpg for a 911-kind of car is good, but 76MPGe? That is nothing to write home about. … Would that have something to do with the 2-speed gearbox for the front motor from the i3?

    It’s just not terribly impressive, when it isn’t ripping up roads, it should at least fit inline with the BMW i’s brand image.

    1. offib says:

      The smog rating doesn’t look too hot either.

      1. Assaf says:

        Maybe the i3 and i8 are led and designed by two rival teams inside BMW?

        If not, the company should seek some mental consulting, ASAP. This seems like a serious bipolar disorder to me.

    2. liberty says:

      I don’t think we should be suprised at all, nedc claims are so different from epa.

      This thing goes 40% further on a gallon of gas than the M3. If we assume 40 miles per day average, it will use 400 gallons less a year (not counting electricity). The problem is getting the cost down in the next generation.

      If they can get the tco down to that of an M3 in the next generation, many of the performance cars will go plug-in.

  4. ffbj says:

    That is an error as you are correct it says
    all electric range = 0. It should say aer=15.

    1. Spec9 says:

      This. The headline should be corrected. I was surprised to see a 15 mile electric range . . . and my surprise was warranted because it was wrong.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        It is a tricky one.

        This isn’t exactly the same situation as the Prius PHV where a power assist is necessary to operate at certain parameters…it is more of a intentional design aspect from BMW that can activate the gas engine at some point during EV operations.

        In other words, if you operated the i8 in ‘just’ the EV mode (and kept charging it every 15 miles or so), it would take you about 7,000 miles to need a gas fill.

        Saying the i8 had ‘zero’ all electric range I think would be a far larger injustice…akin (but not quite as bad) as saying the Volt had a ‘zero’ electric range because in many temperature situations the extender will fire despite the desire/capacity to operate in EV mode.

        1. Spec9 says:

          It is only tricky in that it may be hard to fit due to the limited words in a headline. But it should be “15 miles electricity+gas mode”, just like the sticker says. AER is ZERO.

          I get it in that it does use a small amount of gasoline . . . but there are people that want to buy cars that will use ZERO gasoline for their commute and this car just can’t drive without gasoline as can the Volt, i3+REx, Fusion Energi, CMAX Energi, and even the pathetic plug-in Prius can (for a whole 6 miles).

          1. Thomas J. Thias says:

            Good points, Spec9, but trusting as we must the EPA to ballance all entrants, look at the Fuel Economy Spread Sheet that I posted below.

            There you will see that the Chevy Volt EREV is the only car to show an EPA rated zero gas consumption throught 38 electric only miles.
            I was unable to fund the BMWi 8 results posted yet so I substituted the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

            Link Goes To EPA, Fuel Economy Dot Gov Spread Sheet-

            http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=33900&id=34089&id=34789&id=34516

            Best-

            Thomas J. Thias

            517-749-0532

            Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

        2. cmg186 says:

          Is it possible that the label is so convoluted simply because of all the various drive modes in the i8? Comfort, ecoPro, Sport, and EV. How do you create a label for a car with four drive modes? My understanding is that in EV mode, NO gas is used up to 120kph.

          1. liberty says:

            Its a blended phev, and the epa hasn’t quite wrapped its arms around the label versus an erev phev. The harder you accelerate the more gas you will use.

            Charge depletion range is probably better than electric range, but it will be aer if you press a button, but button pressed, you will not be able to tap into the full acceleration.

            1. cmg186 says:

              Right, so are you confirming my suspicion that the i8 can in fact drive all electric, despite what the label and various commenters seem to be saying? That was my understanding, with a push of a button, you can drive in EV mode (albeit much more slowly as you point out).

              1. Raymondjram says:

                Who will buy a BMW that drives slowly in EV mode? Maybe an old lady who likes BMW but doesn’t dare go over 35 MPH?

                Those EPA ratings really made me laugh!!!

                The American Chevy Volt is still the winner!!!!

                1. cmg186 says:

                  I can answer that question: me.

                  Driving the i8 back and forth to work on summer days in all electric mode, while occasionally hitting the accelerator hard on back roads or track days, would be a marked improvement or my current ice-only summer sports car.

                  I’m a proud Volt owner, but as has been mentioned in these comments elsewhere, these RIDICULOUS comparisons need to stop. A Volt does not compare to an i8. They are two totally different vehicles for different purposes.

        3. Thomas J. Thias says:

          Our good friend and Inside EVs Editor, Jay Cole Said, “~I think would be a far larger injustice…akin (but not quite as bad) as saying the Volt had a ‘zero’ electric range because in many temperature situations the extender will fire despite the desire/capacity to operate in EV mode.”

          Actually, not quite true, Jay.

          Allow me to do the breakout.

          #VoltTipsNTricks

          In certain frigid temperatures the Chevy Volt will run the 1.4L Naturally Aspirated Gas Motor for Cabin Assisted Heating, Aka, ERDTT.(Engine Running Due To Temperature)

          This run of the gas engine will consume exactly .007/100ths of a gallon of gas and will provide fast waste heat to the cabin even with exhisting or full Traction Battery SOC (State of Charge).

          For 2011/2012 Model Year Chevy Volt ERER’s, the default temperature setting for this event is 25 degrees or lower. This can not be changed.

          There is a workaround for this if your driving patern is 12 miles or more and up to the limit of AER( All Electric Range) to limit the repeat of this event.

          Workaround- Run Heating System in Comfort Mode with decent temperature and this can be mostly avoided.

          Counter intuitive I know but it works and Will limit repeat events in sustained CD (Charge Depleting)driving unless you stop, shut the car off and allow it to stand till cold.

          ERDTT will repeat with .007/100th of a gallon of gas consumption every time the Volt EREV is started in 25 degree or colder weather if it has chilled.

          For 2013/2014/2015 Model Year Chevy Volt ERER’s, the default temperature setting for this event is 35 degrees or lower, BUT, you can change this setting in Configuration Settings to a 15 DEGREE SETTING!

          On the same screen you can uncheck the box that allows “Engine Running Due To Temperature While Plugged In.” This uncheck then allows remote starts while plugged in regardless of lower temprature threshold without an ERDTT event.

          Best-

          Thomas J. Thias

          517-749-0532

          Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

        4. ClarksonCote says:

          “Saying the i8 had ‘zero’ all electric range I think would be a far larger injustice…akin (but not quite as bad) as saying the Volt had a ‘zero’ electric range because in many temperature situations the extender will fire despite the desire/capacity to operate in EV mode.”

          I’m nit picking here, but I’m going to say that temperatures less than 15F for the Volt are not “many” situations, but rather few, even in Canada and Alaska. And even then the engine cycles are only brief. Many to me implies majority. ;)

  5. mrenergyczar says:

    The AER is 0. The 15 mile range involves using gas….

  6. John W says:

    where did this info come from? i could not find it on the EPA site

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Comes straight from BMW. EPA won’t have the results posted for possibly a few weeks.

      1. John W says:

        cool and thx! this is good, because it means there will be no mulroney hold on i8′s coming in over the next two months :)

  7. Jason M says:

    This has worse stats than the ELR… it has great styling, but jeeze…

    1. Acevolt says:

      I agree, the ELR has over twice the electric range and almost half the price. Plus it’s a lot easier to get into.

      1. liberty says:

        http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-reviews/first-drives/2015-bmw-i8-things-we-learned

        [quote]80-mph highway cruising had the little 1.5-liter triple murmuring along at just 2400 rpm. Indicated fuel economy in Sport mode was in the 32-mpg range. That’s damnned impressive for a car that’ll do 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. I suspect slower cruising speeds and a more efficient drive mode would result in mileage in the mid- to upper 30s.[/quote]

        The ELR is not a performance car. Both the ELR and i8 suffer from high prices, but both seem to sip gas compared to comparable cars. The i8 is not a track car like the 918, but it will continue on its path at high speed. We can probably compare it to the tesla S, and the S because of its lower price and better value proposition will greatly outsel the i8.

        1. Thomas J. Thias says:

          Great Road & Track review, Liberty-

          Thought that I would post the list of the SuperCar/HyperCar/SuperLuxury Cars of the Global Electric Fueled Vehicle Industry as of 30 days ago.

          Yes, there are more coming in the pipeliine!

          This is an exciting developement just 33 months since Chevy Volt EREV and Nissan Leaf left limited states, US beta sales and National Sales began, November, 2011!

          Link Goes To the LIST!-

          Best-

          Thomas J. Thias

          517-749-0532

          Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

  8. MichaelB says:

    Very Sad

  9. Fabian says:

    Horrible EV Range. Expensive. DOA. Goodnight.

  10. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    430Wh/mi on electric? That’s pretty poor given how slow EV-only mode is. Are their motors really that inefficient?

  11. James says:

    BMW-heads on this site have a sort of Elite-Car-Status-Blindness. I’m going to check with my eye doctor to see if I can get these guys some help – really.

    i3 is made of molded plastic panels with two sides having a thin slice of carbon fiber ( made in my state of Washington ) glued on. This is NOT carbon fiber construction – it’s much cheaper to produce. This process is a good one for lighter body parts and will increase mpg on BMW’s infernally-combusted fleet of automobiles and CUVs.

    Now if this “amazing” process meant savings to you, the customer, I’d be all for it. What it does do – is save BMW money by letting them put SMALLER lithium battery packs into their EV-or PHEV products. So pass the savings on to Munich, not you – You still pay a very high price out of wallet to own basically an 70-80 mile electric car.
    So how does this benefit you? A BMW salesman told me an i3 buyer was buying “heritage” and “a premium brand”…. Did I buy that crock? Nope. Do you? He also said i3 was “quicker than a LEAF or Volt”. How does that benefit an EV buyer? Doesn’t flooring it at the stoplight mean decreased EV range?

    So explain the appeal of this i3 to me…PLEASE. The prices quoted EVERYWHERE online, BMW blog, Auto sites – are all wrong! Just go to Cars.com or any other site and you’ll see a stripper BEV costs what car test websites say the ReX costs. The ReX version with all the bells and whistles is inching towards $60,000 off the lot!

    So – once again, do you feel the propeller logo is worth that? Status? What your neighbor thinks? “Oh look, Martha, Joe bought a GREEN BEE EMM DOUBLE-UUUU!”…Is that what you’re paying for?

    Yesterday, a very smart EV guy noted to me that Audi, VW and Mercedes were gonna hit our shores hard in the coming future with their own PHEV and EV products. Firstly – many won’t reach our shores, and secondly, again – LOOK AT THE PRICES! WHOOO!

    Next comes service and body repair. Since CFRP requires a BMW service center visit – and proprietary tooling and training…Your insurance company is going to get a BIG WAKE UP CALL! Why? BMW informed them to repair an i3 costs near same as repairing a 1 Series. NOT TRUE! With all the special bodywork and tools – it’s gonna cost much more! Wait until your local Farmer’s or GEICO guy gets THAT BILL! Soon – the CFRP repair news will jack your rates sky high!

    European mileage ratings obviously are not EPA ones. So don’t buy the Audi/VW and Merc hype about their performance. You are going to pay for an EV that basically underperforms the now extinct RAV4 EV.

    So now tell me the reasons an “i” Series is a good choice.

    BMW is going FRONT WHEEL DRIVE. The next wave of BMWs are ECONO BMWs. Does this mean they’ll have a plug? Nope. They’ll be front drivers built on the MINI Coupe’s Front-drive UKL platform. THIS is BMW’s next move to get MPG. This makes BMW just a pedestrian front driver. NOW where’s that “Ultimate Driving Machine”? FWD is an economy move – and it’ll be fun to see all you BMW-heads justify just why this is good. The Japanese started the FWD trend decades ago, and economy was the reason, not performance. BMW has 40…YES FORTY!… new designs based upon the UKL platform. We in the USA will get a new 1 Series coupe, AWD versions which are basically front-drivers with Suburu-type secondary rear drive componentry…Soon thereafter the X1 and other crossovers will follow suit along with the 2 Series and Active Tourer models headed here. Look for 3 cylinder ICEs and I-4s – turbo and non-turbo.

    I don’t know about you guys – but the thinking car guy has to be scratching their heads about now. Why all the “i” research and development guys?!! If THIS is where you were heading to get mpg???

    To me – this sullies BMW’s reputation. The one that sells 2/3rds of their cars over here. How can you now say BMW’s are better front drivers? Aren’t these just MINIs with the BMW logo on them?

    1. Elroy says:

      Wow, where have you been? So BMW is going FWD on economy models? So what? Audi does it with the A3, A4, and A6 on their base models. Mercedes does it with their CLA. BMW is expanding their portfolio to match their competition. And I haven’t heard of any plans to make the i3 FWD, have you?

      Quit trying to bash BMW’s accomplishments.
      You are complaining about the economy rating of the i8 when the i3 remains the top economy car in its class that you can buy in the U.S. Not to mention the quickest accelerating car in it’s class. Gee quickest while being most efficient? Sounds like pretty good engineering to me.

      How about looking at the i8 for the stellar accomplishment that it is. What other four seat car can claim 0-60 in less than 4 seconds, with a combined 28+mpg EPA, 330 miles of total range and 76MPGe? Keep looking, because the car is pretty unique. Just about every can enthusiast/journalist that tested the i8 offered unanimous praise for the dynamics of this vehicle. And to think that people are comparing this to the Volt or PIP on it’s efficiency merits? You have to be joking, right? Do you think those cars even come close to the sports car performance of the i8?

      1. cmg186 says:

        “How about looking at the i8 for the stellar accomplishment that it is. What other four seat car can claim 0-60 in less than 4 seconds, with a combined 28+mpg EPA, 330 miles of total range and 76MPGe? Keep looking, because the car is pretty unique. Just about every car enthusiast/journalist that tested the i8 offered unanimous praise for the dynamics of this vehicle. And to think that people are comparing this to the Volt or PIP on it’s efficiency merits? You have to be joking, right? Do you think those cars even come close to the sports car performance of the i8?”

        +1 Elroy.

        Just as I find it frustrating when an enthusiast website pans the Prius, Leaf, i-MiEV etc for “poor handling” and “slow acceleration” (who do you think is buying this vehicle, and for what purpose!?), I find it equally frustrating that so many “green car guys” here are panning the i8 for “not being green enough”.

        There is no other sports car out there with green credentials that compares. Sorry Tesla fans, not even the S, which can’t make it around a race track at full tilt:

        http://insideevs.com/expected-tesla-model-s-fails-lap-nurburgring-full-power-video/

        As most everyone, I LOVE the Model S. But what a ridiculous comparison to make. One is a mid-engine 4WD sports car, the other is a full size luxury sport sedan.

        If efficiency is the only thing that matters in your mind, than the i3 is the only car worth purchasing. I say different strokes for different folks, and a sports car with a plug is a welcome addition to the market.

  12. EV says:

    LOL nice greenhouse rating ROFL

    thats a fail for a “green” car

  13. Jim Seko says:

    BMW i3 REX: More efficient than the Chevy Volt with twice the electric range. Nice job BMW!

    BMW i8: More efficient than a Fisker Karma with one-fourth the “electric” range. Nice job BMW! (with sarcasm)

    1. Thomas J. Thias says:

      Now Jim, you can’t compare the Chevy volt Extended Range Electric Car to the BMWi 3 City Car, well Mega City Car.

      You then open the door for our Bicycle Advocates to brag up how much better it would be to ride a bike rather then drive a BMWi 3.

      Categories, buddy!

      Best-

      Thomas J. Thias

      517-749-0532

      Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

  14. GSP says:

    Worst specs of any PHEV. The PiP even trounces it. Sad.

    I feel sorry for the owners, who could had bought a Tesla, and a Volt, and have change left over.

    GSP

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Do you really think i8 buyer would compare it to PIP?

      This is what is wrong with the EV community.

      1. GSP says:

        No, the i8 buyer would not have compared it to the PiP, or anything at all.

        Let’s see, would I prefer a 6 mile PiP, or a 37 mile ELR, or a 265 mile Tesla Model S, or a *ZERO mile* i8?

        i8 buyers have not done much comparison shopping at all.

        GSP

  15. CherylG's_DirtyLittleSecret says:

    If anything, it makes the ELR look like a great deal!

    1. Thomas J. Thias says:

      Ha!
      Finally a Aha Haa moment!

      Resistance is Furtile

    2. Thomas J. Thias says:

      Ha!
      Finally, an Aha Haa moment!

      “Resistance is Futile.”

      Best-

      Thomas J. Thias

      517-749-0532

      Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

  16. Chris says:

    I would look at the EV part as a bonus, look at that electric motor as a serious boost to performance, it gives the i8 AWD and extra kick in a big way. In pure EV mode the car is quick but not fast, it’s heavy and that motor is de-tuned from the i3. I would say an owner is not focused on EVing in the i8, more of a feature.

    When in the inner city being in EV mode is an eco plus. Of course when getting home late rolling through your neighborhood silently is also cool.

  17. Rob says:

    Can somebody explain how adding 15 miles on electric to 28 mpg with petrol motor equals 76 miles per gallon?
    Surely it would equal 43 mpg at most?

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      The 76MPGe is for those 15 miles of eletricity + gas. It is not the combined/blended rating for gas miles and electric miles, which I don’t see anywhere on this sticker.

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