BMW Group is now conducting final preparations for the production of its BMW i8 at its Leipzig site in Germany. The carmaker will commence delivery of the first customer cars in June 2014, starting with the main European markets. Before that, BMW will hold special public events in across the world to meet the huge interest in the BMW i8.
To accomplish this, BMW i agents will be provided with separate demonstration vehicles. The carmaker will commence series production of customer vehicles in April with customers placing pre-orders for the BMW i8 in all major markets since autumn 2013. The demand for the vehicle, however, is already surpassing the planned production volume during ramp-up.
While completing the statutory type approval, BMW engineers were able to further improve key driving performance and fuel consumption data.
The BMW eDrive in plug-in hybrid configuration allows the i8 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds while achieving an EU test cycle average fuel consumption of 2.1 liters/100 km (134.5 mpg imp) and carbon dioxide emissions of 49 g/km.
Its related electricity consumption was 11.9 kWh per 100 km. BMW is bound to offer optional BMW laser headlights for autumn 2014, when the BMW i8 would become the first production car to offer such lighting technology. BMW laser headlights are considered 30 percent more energy-efficient than the BMW i8’s standard LED headlights and could illuminate the road up to 600 meters.