How Far Can A BMW i8 Go On Electricity – Video

2 years ago by Mark Kane 11

BMW i8

BMW i8

How far can a BMW i8 go in all-electric mode while conservatively driven is the topic of the first video in the upcoming BMW i8 Adventure series on LIFEofOV channel.

Well, we probably have never seen an i8 test like this before, because most drivers go straight for Sport mode with the engine on.

If you ever will do such a strange run in i8, the answer is less than computer tells you. In this particular experiment, the i8 went 14 miles on electricity, not the 18 miles indicated.

That’s more or less in line with the EPA rating of 15 miles.

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11 responses to "How Far Can A BMW i8 Go On Electricity – Video"

  1. RexxSee says:

    Ridiculous range like most PHEVs.
    DITCH the ICE !

  2. ArkansasVolt says:

    driving like that, i am surprised that it went all 14 miles.

  3. David Murray says:

    You know, one often overlooked disadvantage to those small PHEV batteries is the impact made by using climate control. With a 15-mile battery, it can nearly cut your range in half. With a 100-mile battery it can eat maybe 20%. And with a 200-mile battery I’d expect it to be more like 10%.

    1. Will says:

      so of 15 miles, climate control uses 7.5 miles. Of 100 miles, it uses… 20 miles, and of 200 miles, it uses… 20 miles? I don’t follow your maths, sorry.

  4. ffbj says:

    Not very far and not very fast on ev only, which is bit unfair as the car is really not designed to be driven that way.
    But people asked for it.

  5. Benjamin says:

    It is EPA rated at 15 EV miles and 76 MPGe.

  6. I’m going to have a bit of a spray here: I don’t completely loathe this car but mostly. I’m personally not into sports cars – too many angles, not enough curves to my eye, for the most part. But I don’t mind the look of this car. However thats where it ends for me.

    Electric? With such low specs for it’s electrification, why bother? To me it signals a mediocrity of thought and ambition but then I’m not a big fan of hybrid cars either. Over engineered nonsense.

    And having a recording of a bigger petrol engine play when you accelerate? It’s working on the same level of a teenage boy in a Datsun 1080b revving it up but in his head it’s a McClaren. Seriously, thats just pathetic and embarrassing.

    Then it’s revealed this track suited man/boy chose this more expensive car over a Model S? (shakes head).

    1. ffbj says:

      Your comments seem perfectly reasonable to me.

  7. Bevo says:

    This guy drove a Tesla and opted for the BMW, what?? … and he shows that in electric mode the $135k BMW wouldn’t beat a Nissan Leaf off the line. And under 15 miles electric range, what’s the point of the BMW again?? I’m missing something, can anyone bring me into the light?

  8. John j says:

    This car is awesome. Too many haters out there.

  9. techguy says:

    Even the BMW i3 beats the i8 and the Nissan Leaf off the line without effort!