Yesterday, BMW showcased their two upcoming hybrid cars, the i3 Electric Car and the i8 Hybrid-Electric Car, in New York City, and they are nothing short of stunning, in terms of performance and design. In all aspects, these two promise to be the cars of the future. And, if you’re one to be sold on style, the i3 and i8 have it in quantities other cars don’t come close to.
The i3 will be able to run clean for 80-100 miles, but a premium model will be available that will increase that range to 160-200 miles. The i8 will have an extended range of 250-350 miles. The i3 can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under 8 seconds, while the sporty i8 can go from 0 to 62 in under 5 seconds. Added efficiency comes from many sources.
The cars will mostly be constructed out of carbon fiber, a material that is much lighter than the materials usually used in car production. The cars will also feature laser headlights, which require less power than LED headlights, while being smaller and no less powerful. The laser headlights are promised to be safe on the eyes. All of that efficiency adds up to a potential of 94 miles per gallon, though BMW estimates that for most people, the number will fall between 40.4 and 56.5 mpg.
The i3 looks pretty cool in its own right, but the real star is the i8, the sports car that looks like it just drove through a time portal from the future. Besides the ultra-sharp black, blue, and silver color scheme, the doors and roof are transparent. The car doors are scissor doors, giving it that Back to the Future flair. Inside, it looks like there is a pretty cool touch screen on the dash that can give efficiency information, and can act as a personal calendar and day planner. It’s unclear what other features this touch screen will have, but it looks like it could be similar to Ford’s MyFord Touch and Cadillac’s Cadillac User Experience.
Doubtless, they won’t come cheap, but these new hybrid-electric cars from BMW look like the hottest things to hit the road in a while. They look to be very environmentally friendly, and sport fast recharging times, as well. The combustion engine will still be there, but will only kick in at higher speeds. They should be completely clean driving around town. Look for the BMW i3 and i8 to roll out sometime between 2013 and 2014.