BMW i8 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
BMW i8 Inner Workings
According to Máté Petrány of Jalopnik, future iterations of the BMW i8 will remain plug-in hybrids.
There has been some speculation that at some point in the not-so-distant future the i8 could become a pure electric car, but Jalopnik says that's not the case.
Jalopnik spoke with BMW i division boss, Henrik Wenders, who confirmed that, going forward, the i8 will remain a PHEV.
This is not a surprise though. BMW is heavily focused on PHEVs, so much so that it's only pure electric car is also offered with a optional range extender that essentially makes it, by loose definition, a PHEV.
We're beginning to wonder if BMW will ever venture into the long-range BEV market. Our thinking right now is that BMW is not interested in entering Tesla territory.