BMW India celebrated World Environment Day with the BMW i8, driving on the streets of Delhi with the ‘FAME India Eco Drive 2015’. The BMW i8 was the highlight among 46 hybrid and electric vehicles present at the rally and 14 vehicles displayed at ‘FAME India Eco Drive 2015’. BMW i8 has won the coveted ‘World Green Car Award’ at the World Car Awards 2015.
The plug-in hybrid system in the BMW i8 combines the benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine to deliver high efficiency and better dynamics. With BMW eDrive, the new BMW drive technology, the battery can be charged from any mains socket or while driving. The electric drive, a powerful 131 hp, is located on the front axle. The rear axle is driven by BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 231 hp of peak performance.
Together, the two units deliver a total of 362 hp, accelerating the BMW i8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds using all four wheels in the process. Running on battery power, it achieves the top speed of 120 km/h with a maximum range of 35 kilometres. In conjunction with the combustion engine the electric motor takes the e-powered supercar to up to 250 km/h. Another impressive characteristic is record low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, at an average of 40 km/l and emission of 59 g/km (provisional figures, according to the EU test cycle).