World’s First BMW i8 Owners Take Delivery In Germany

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BMW i8 First Deliveries

BMW i8 First Deliveries

The world’s first BMW i8s were handed over to customers today at BMW Welt in Munich: The first eight customers from Germany received their BMW i8s as part of an official ceremony in which Roland Krüger, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group, and Dr. Helmut Schramm, Head of Production Electric Vehicles at Plant Leipzig, presented them with the keys to their new cars.

The first BMW i8 cars also feature the ground-breaking BMW laser light.

An exclusive evening reception to mark the BMW i8 market launch, with celebrity guests, such as TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk and actor Thomas Kretschmann, rounded off the official vehicle presentation.

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World's First BMW i8 Owners Take Delivery In Germany

World’s First BMW i8 Owners Take Delivery In Germany

BMW Laser Light in series production

With its BMW i8, BMW is the first manufacturer worldwide to offer totally new laser-powered headlights in a production vehicle. The BMW i8 will make automotive history with its laser lights, as the first series-produced vehicle to feature this completely new lighting technology.

While high-intensity, energy-efficient full LED headlights are standard in the BMW i8, the optional laser-boost feature extends its high-beam range to up to 600 metres, doubling the already impressive illumination range of the latest LED high-beam headlights.

The new technology uses 30 per cent less energy than ultra-power-saving LED lights, takes up less installation space inside the headlight and weighs less.

The outstanding range of BMW laser headlights offers even greater illumination and visibility for driving in the dark, ensuring a more relaxed and comfortable driving experience with enhanced road safety. Dazzling of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead is reliably eliminated in conjunction with the camera-aided digital high-beam assistant.

BMW i8 First Deliveries

BMW i8 First Deliveries

BMW i in Germany

“In November of last year, we welcomed the first BMW i3 customers here at BMW Welt. Today, we are continuing the BMW i success story with the first eight BMW i8 customers worldwide. As ‘the first of a new era’, the BMW i8 combines the sustainable design of a carbon-fibre body with a powerful plug-in hybrid,” stated Roland Krüger. “This success would not be possible without our retail partners. We are delighted that our BMW i agents are accompanying us on the road to the future of mobility.”

The BMW i8 is the BMW Group’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle. It combines the driving performance of a high-performance sports car with the fuel consumption and emissions of a small car. BMW i8 deliveries will begin in all main international BMW Group markets in June.

BMW i8 First Deliveries

BMW i8 First Deliveries

Presentation with familiar faces

Following the vehicle handover, the new BMW i8 was presented to a select audience in a special multimedia show, featuring actor Thomas Kretschmann. “The car looks fantastic. It’s a technical revolution. I’m really looking forward to working with BMW,” said Kretschmann.

Roland Krüger was joined by Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, BMW i8 Project Manager; Benoit Jacob, Head of Design BMW i; and Dr. Helmut Schramm, Head of Production for BMW i vehicles at Plant Leipzig to answer questions in a BMW i8 roundtable chaired by Thomas Gottschalk. “I just experienced driving the BMW i8 for myself: It’s a lot of fun. I would never have thought pure electric driving could be so sporty,” remarked Gottschalk.

Later, guests celebrated the market launch of the BMW i8 with renowned Austrian DJ and producer Parov Stelar.

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10 responses to "World’s First BMW i8 Owners Take Delivery In Germany"

  1. Big Solar says:

    Ceremony!? What a bunch of goofs.

  2. vadik says:

    I came by a BMW dealership just to have a look at i3.

    I can confirm the feeling that even BMW dealerships do not want to sell EVs.

    1. Brandon says:

      None of those dweebs know anything about the car either

      1. See Through says:

        You folks are just jealous! Wishing that you waited a year, and not locked into the model S?

        1. Big Solar says:

          I’ll be damned. How on earth would I put 2 large speakers, 7 stereo receivers, 4 power amps a mono preamp, a stereo tuner and a stereo preamp plus enough clothing for me and my girlfriend for 6 weeks in a little car like that?

          1. Big Solar says:

            BTW, I’m not locked into anything I own.

        2. Brandon says:

          Im jealous because no human being at BMW knows crap about their own electric cars? All i said was the guys at bmw are uneducated dummies you must be one of them LUL.

          And i’ve never buy an overpriced overrated bmw. I’ll happily wait months for a Tesla, but i’d buy one used and get it right away, simple shiiit

          1. See Through says:

            Brandon,
            You are a true Tesla fan :) Get one from ebay, there are plenty available to be bought right now. I think, even cheaper than what Tesla charges. Like this one:
            http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tesla-85-2014-Tesla-Model-S-85-kWh-Battery-3-months-old-105-620-MSRP-BUY-1394-month-/251549623212?forcerrptr=true&hash=item3a9186a3ac&item=251549623212&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

  3. ffbj says:

    That is a metaphysical absurdity. How do you know what others are thinking?

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