The true joy of owning any plug-in vehicle is operating it in electric-drive mode.

Here, BMW explains the "electric driving" aspect of the BMW i8.

For reference, the BMW i8 features a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo gas engine and BMW eDrive technology.  The 1.5-liter engine develops 231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8.  Meanwhile, a 96 kW/131 hp electric drive unit sends power to the front wheels, providing an optimistic all-electric range of up to 22 miles at speeds of up to 75 mph.

Pricing for the BMW i8 in the US starts at $135,700.  The first US-bound i8s should be in dealerships by July.