Next-Generation BMW i8 To Remain A Plug-In Hybrid

OCT 13 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

BMW i8 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW i8 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW i8 Inner Workings

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.

Source: Jalopnik

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IMO, a good PHEV is better than a pure electric. At least in today’s world. Of course, in order to be a “good” PHEV, it needs more than 15 miles of range.

“Today’s world” is changing rapidly. We will hit 400 miles very soon, then all ICEs or hybrids will become irrelevant.

Not really. Just because you can make a car with 400 miles does not mean it will be affordable. And then what about a large truck or SUV, which – let’s face it, is the dominant vehicle type in the USA. They will need even larger, more expensive batteries to get that 400 miles of range.

Not rapidly enough. It will take quite a while until the 400 miles are not just in the top cost bracket, and even then it will take a long time until it’s small and light-weight too.

Yeah sure and on every corner there will be a 1MW-charger installed to fill this 400 mile battery in less than 15 minutes.

The future is bright for PHEV. Put in decent AER (50+miles) and its a good BEV for daily usage, and a fast fuel vehicle on longer journeys.

This pretty much dilutes the significance of the i brand as I understand it and the differentiation with the rest of the model line if it is also going to have PHEV drive trains.

Also considering the noises that VAG has been making of Audi and VW long range electrics BMW’s apparent position doesn’t make much sense. They must be at least entertaining the idea of such.

I’m sure the i3 will get a range bump somwhere between 2016 and 2018. But it will still be a loose kinda PHEV.

The difference between iCar and normal PHEV-BMW is the AER. Normal BMW will get away with 20-30 miles AER in the long run. The iDivision will be the ones you wanna buy if you want more AER.

Except the i8, apparently. Actually, I got the impression the iDivision would deal mainly with cars that were designed from scratch to be plug-in vehicles, especially from carbon fiber. Whereas other PHEVs in BMW’s lineup are conversions of existing gasoline cars.

The car is crazy complicated. The repair costs could cost as much as a car.

I own an i3 (bev) and although I LOVE the car, I am a little disappointed with what BMW is doing with the i brand since the launch. I don’t feel they are as committed to EVs as they should. If they were, they would have announced an i5 to compete with the upcoming Model 3 and they would have increased the battery pack of the i3 BEV before Nissan did with the Leaf. They would also have offered a 100% electric i8 version. I don’t feel the i brand is different enough from the BMW brand right now and I am not sure I will stick around when Model 3 is out.