The Rose Bay Police Station in Sydney disclosed that its squad will be joined by its newest, and likely the most exotic member, which is the BMW i8. The official turnover was conducted by BMW Sydney Dealer Principal Simon Macedone who formally handed this highly successful plug-in hybrid to Superintendent Bradley Hodder, Police Commander of Rose Bay.
This event was held in BMW Sydney at Rushcutters Bay. The i8 is expected to immediately be part of the squad and will conduct regular appearances at different community events to increase the profile of the department. Even if the i8 is indeed on loan, there is no attached cost to the taxpayer as everything is covered by BMW Sydney.
Since the i8 was conceived to be a plug-in-hybrid sports car, it had to offer agile handling and strong performance while delivering excellent efficiency. With the passenger cell composed of plastic reinforced with carbon fiber, it ensures that the weight is low while guaranteeing rigidity and safety. Its advanced eDrive system has combined power of 266 kW with peak torque of 570 Nm.
This is due to a combination of the synchronous electric motor which offers output at 96 kW with torque of 250 Nm and the three-cylinder turbocharged 1.5-liter petrol engine which can deliver power of 170 kW and top torque of 320 Nm. Even with all these power, fuel consumption stands at combined cycle of 2.1 liter for every 100 kilometer.
The electric motor itself has a lithium-ion battery pack with output of 7.1 kWh though the usable amount is 5 kWh. Running solely on electric power, the i8 can go as fast as 120 km/h with range of 31 km. Since the electric motor runs the rear wheels, a boost functions allows the all-wheel drive to be activated and this results in acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in merely 4.4 seconds.
Being placed in a low position, the battery pack has a low center of gravity. Indeed, with a clearance of 460 mm, it is considered as one of the lowest among BMW models and guarantees a weight distribution of 50:50. Recharging the battery pack is intuitive as it can be done on a public charging station or through a standard power socket at home.
Commenting on the event, Macedone shared that the company has a long history with the Eastern Suburbs as it has been based here for 22 years now. He added that BMW Sydney is extending its stay and will aid in the site’s redevelopment. This collaboration with the Rose Bay Police is the best way to show that BMW Sydney is committed to helping the community in addition to increasing engagement and awareness of the station, he continued. The i8 is a good fit as it has the design, performance, and efficiency, Macedone revealed.
Meanwhile Superintendent Hodder shared that that the i8 is but one of the many vehicles that the station has used in the Rose Bay Local Area Command to help increase awareness. This model is a good community engagement tool that can help show the important role of the police in the community. Rose Bay LAC, he continued, is more than thankful to the Rose Bay Chamber of Commerce and BMW Sydney for the support. Superintendent Hodder continued by saying that with this initiative plus the fact that the i8 is being loaned at no expense, this presents a good way to show community engagement.