First BMW i8 Deliveries Scheduled For June – Final Performance / Fuel Consumption Figures Released

9 months ago by Eric Loveday 11

BMW i8 in Geneva

BMW i8 in Geneva

BMW has officially announced that first deliveries of its i8 plug-in hybrid will commence in June in Europe:

BMW i8 in Geneva

BMW i8 in Geneva

“BMW i8 deliveries to customers starting in June. Performance and fuel economy specifications further improved – Real life fuel consumption reaches small-car level – World’s first production car with innovative laser light technology.”

Those June deliveries will be limited to only in Europe.  US i8 buyers won’t receive theirs until sometime in July at the earliest.

“With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main European markets.”

Production of the first batch of i8s will begin next month:

“The start of series production of customer vehicles will commence in April. Customers have already been able to place pre-orders for the BMW i8 in all major markets since autumn 2013.”

As for demand, BMW says the following:

“However, demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during ramp-up.”

And finally, those finalized BMW i8 specs are below:

Further improvements to the BMW i8 specifications

In parallel to the completion of the statutory type approval the BMW engineers were also able to achieve a further improvement of key driving performance and fuel consumption data. Thanks to its novel powertrain concept BMW eDrive in plug-in hybrid configuration, the i8 combines a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.4 seconds with an EU test cycle average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres/100 km (134.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. The related electricity consumption was measured at 11.9 kWh per 100 km .

Every-day fuel economy substantially better than all conventional sports car concepts

Although the results achieved in the EU test cycle allow for quick comparisons with other vehicles and despite their relevance ​​for a favorable taxation in many countries, the BMW i8 engineers hat a particular focus on low fuel consumption in real life.

As a result the BMW i8 shows extraordinary efficiency not only in standardized testing procedures, but also in the practice of everyday traffic:

In typical everyday commuting, with the battery fully charged at the beginning, the BMW i8 can return a fuel consumption below 5 litres/100 km (more than 56 mpg imp) around town. If the commute includes extra-urban or motorway driving less than 7 litres (more than 40 mpg imp) are achievable.. Even in longer-distance operation at higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption below 8 litres/100 km (more than 35 mpg imp). Overall, the fuel consumption of the plug-in hybrid model therefore works out around 50 per cent better than that of conventionally powered sports car models.

BMW eDrive: Sports car powertrain of the future.

The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid system comprises a 170 kW/231 hp, 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a 96 kW/131 hp, 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) hybrid synchronous electric motor. The BMW eDrive system also includes a lithium-ion high-voltage battery (with a usable capacity of 5,2 kWh) and intelligent energy management that uses the combined output of 266 kW/362 hp to provide breathtaking performance and maximum efficiency, while always taking into account the driving situation and driver requirements. The excellent balance between driving pleasure and fuel economy is aided by a low vehicle weight of 1,485 kg (DIN kerb weight) and an unusually good drag coefficient (Cd) for a sports car of 0.26.

In zero-emission all-electric mode, the BMW i8 has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of 37 kilometres (23 miles) within the EU test cycle. Depending on whether the plug-in hybrid sports car’s lithium-ion battery is recharged at a household power socket or BMW i Wallbox, or at a public charging station, charging times range from less than two up to three hours. In Sport mode the BMW i8 offers mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 2.6 seconds. The electronically governed top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph).

i8 Final Specs

i8 Final Specs

i8 Final Specs Page 2

i8 Final Specs Page 2

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11 responses to "First BMW i8 Deliveries Scheduled For June – Final Performance / Fuel Consumption Figures Released"

  1. Elroy says:

    Wheat kind of set up did they use for the two speed automatic transmission on the electric motor?

    1. Mint says:

      Not sure about the type, but it’s probably pretty standard. It’s not a particularly powerful electric motor, so they won’t need the specialized design that Tesla did with the Roadster.

      As for the batteries seeming overloaded, C rates depend on the battery chemistry and construction. Consider that hybrids generally have 1-2 kWh batteries, but often drive 35 kW motors.

  2. Elroy says:

    Also, isn’t 96kw a lot of load for a 7.1 gross kw battery?

    1. Suprise Cat says:

      Guess why BMW offers only 1 year standard warranty… (+24 months optionally)

  3. SIvad says:

    I hate to sound like a Tesla fanboy but the only advantage I see with the i8 is it’s handling I assume will be much better. I know you could say you shouldn’t compare these cars because one is an EV and the other is a PHEV. But I can’t help it.

    Model S P85 fully loaded will still be lower than the starting price of $135,925 for the i8 http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/09/20130910-i8.html.

    0-60 for P85 is ~4 sec. as apposed to the i8′s 4.4 sec.

    Range of the two are the same (I know that the i8 can fill up faster)

    Seating for 5-7 for Model S seating for 4 for i8.

    Aesthetics are subjective but I think the i8 is definitely cooler.

    It seems to me that the i8 is being marketed as more of a showy green supercar which is a different target than Tesla. It seems that they fulfilled half of the bargain with the looks and handling but needed to push a little harder on the acceleration. These days there is a very long list of cars for much less that come in under 4 seconds.

    1. Just_Chris says:

      The i8 is 600kg lighter than the model S and 1000 kg lighter than a Fisker. It is also AWD. These sorts of differences will be important to people with more money than sense.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        A key market for this type of car

  4. Lou Grinzo says:

    Please keep an eye on the big picture, people.

    We’re still in the ramp-up/early adopter phase of this whole electric car thing, even though a bunch of us here are racking up a lot of electron-fueled miles.

    The big win, right now, is still in educating the vast majority of consumers who have heard of plug-in cars but have no real first-hand experience with them, and are therefore still judging them based on often old and incorrect notions. (“EVs are golf carts”, “you can’t drive them in the snow” (I’ve heard that one from a couple of people), “they can’t drive at highway speeds or more than 20 miles on a charge”, “they’re insanely expensive to buy and operate”, “only fanatics like Ed Begley Jr. own them”, etc.)

    Cars like the i8 and the Tesla are critically important right now, simply because they have a cool factor that more affordable plug-ins, like my Leaf, simply don’t. The car business often talks about “aura cars”, like the Corvette, that make a brand look cooler, which gets people into the showroom and buying Cruzes, Malibus, etc. We have the same aura effect with EVs. People who can’t afford a Tesla or i8 see people with much more disposable income buying them and automatically (and correctly) assume that these aren’t golf cars but (cue dramatic music) Real Cars. That’s a crucial first step to getting some of those people to buy an EV or PHEV.

    Eventually mainstream car buyers will figure it out, and if that happens before Musk can get his gigafactory built and cranking out batteries, we could see long waiting lists and dealer markups(!!!) for EVs.

  5. Bill Howland says:

    5200 wh net battery capacity? Well at least it has a high speed 3680 watt charger. I would guess the prospective buyer would have to decide if 15 miles (or so) of battery only range is sufficient for an electric car.

    Now, myself, to buy a vehicle with this small a battery, I would have to do most of my driving where my destination ALSO had a convenient place to plug into. For me, that doesn’t exist yet.

  6. Doug B says:

    Hmm BMW or fly by night Fiskar….

  7. Phr3d says:

    I don’t agree with BMW’s philosophy, but the i8 is the new M1, a teutonic supercar.
    The point of the electric is not BEV factor at all, but ecologically improved booster rocket, constantly recharged by the regenerative, And capable of short trips without the need for the ICE at all.
    It is a rather grand first-step/crossover, given the attitudes at the time of its conception.
    And it’s pretty cool to look at.