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Price from (last known) £106,310
|Availability||Out of production|
|Available from||January 2015|
|Available until||March 2018|
Real Range (Electric Only) between 11 - 22 mi
|City - Cold Weather||16 mi|
|Highway - Cold Weather||11 mi|
|Combined - Cold Weather||13 mi|
|City - Mild Weather||22 mi|
|Highway - Mild Weather||14 mi|
|Combined - Mild Weather||17 mi|
|Acceleration 0 - 62 mph||4.4 sec|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Electric Range||15 mi|
|Fuel Range||385 mi|
|Total Power||266 kW (357 hp)|
|Total Torque||420 lb-ft|
Battery and Charging
|Battery Capacity||7.1 kWh|
|Port Location||Left Side - Front|
|Charge Port||Type 2|
|Charge Power||3.7 kW AC|
|Charge Time (0->15 mi)||1h45m|
|Charge Speed||9 mph|
|Battery Useable*||5.3 kWh|
EVDB Real Range
|Vehicle Consumption||350 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||115 mpg|
|Rated Consumption||No Data|
|Vehicle Consumption||230 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Rated Fuel Equivalent||No Data|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||176 mpg|
Vehicle = calculated battery energy consumption used by the vehicle for propulsion and on-board systems.
NOTE: The fuel equivalency figures are shown in IMPERIAL MPG. Figures in US MPG will differ significantly.
Real Energy Consumption (Electric Only) between 240 - 480 Wh/mi
|City - Cold Weather||330 Wh/mi|
|Highway - Cold Weather||480 Wh/mi|
|Combined - Cold Weather||405 Wh/mi|
|City - Mild Weather||240 Wh/mi|
|Highway - Mild Weather||375 Wh/mi|
|Combined - Mild Weather||310 Wh/mi|
|Rated NEDC||135 mpg|
|» CO2 Emissions||49 g/km|
|Battery Empty NEDC||54 mpg|
|» CO2 Emissions||122 g/km|
|Fuel Range NEDC||501 mi|
|Total Range NEDC||524 mi|
|Fuel Tank||42 L|
|Real 15/30/60 mi||0 / 69 / 52 mpg|
|» CO2 Emissions||0 / 96 / 127 g/km|
|Battery Empty Real||42 mpg|
|» CO2 Emissions||160 g/km|
|Fuel Range Real||385 mi|
|Total Range Real||400 mi|
|Engine Displacement||1,499 cc|
Dimensions and Weight
|Weight Empty||1460 kg|
|Cargo Volume||154 L|
|Cargo Volume Max||154 L|
|Towing Weight Unbraked||No Data|
|Towing Weight Braked||No Data|
|Roof Load||No Data|
|Turning Circle||No Data|
|Roof Rails||No Data|
Home and Destination Charging (0 -> 100%)
Charging is possible by using a regular wall plug or a charging station. Public charging is always done through a charging station. How fast the EV can charge depends on the charging station (EVSE) used and the maximum charging capacity of the EV. The table below shows all possible options for charging the BMW i8. Each option shows how fast the battery can be charged from empty to full.
|Type 2 (Mennekes - IEC 62196)|
|Charging Point||Max. Power||Power||Time||Rate|
|Wall Plug (2.3 kW)||230V / 1x10A||2.3 kW||2h45m||6 mph|
|1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)||230V / 1x16A||3.7 kW||1h45m||9 mph|
|1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)||230V / 1x16A||3.7 kW †||1h45m||9 mph|
|3-phase 16A (11 kW)||230V / 1x16A||3.7 kW †||1h45m||9 mph|
|3-phase 32A (22 kW)||230V / 1x16A||3.7 kW †||1h45m||9 mph|
† = Limited by on-board charger, vehicle cannot charge faster.
All about the BMW i8
No longer available
This electric vehicle is no longer in production and not available to buy new. The BMW i8 was available from January 2015 until March 2018. Financial data like price, leasing and company car tax were applicable to the final year of availability of the BMW i8.
A new model of the BMW i8 (2015) is available: BMW i8 Coupe (2018).
The BMW i8 had a Recommend Retail Price (RRP) of £105,580 and an On The Road Price (OTR) of £106,310. The OTR Price includes VAT, first year of VED, vehicle first registration fee, number plates and delivery.
Drivetrain and Performance
The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The maximum power of the BMW i8 is 266 kW (357 hp). The maximum torque is 420 lb-ft. The BMW i8 is rear wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph.
Battery and Charging
The battery of the BMW i8 has a total capacity of 7.1 kWh. The usable capacity is 5.3 kWh (estimate). A range of about 15 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery. The actual range will however depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style.
For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in a range of around 11 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 22 mi.
Charging is done using a Type 2 connector and the on-board charger has a maximum power of 3.7 kW. This charges a fully depleted battery back to full in around 1 hour 45 minutes. Charging the car using a regular wall plug will take around 2 hours 45 minutes.
Rapid charging is not possible.
The combined (motorway and city) energy consumption of the BMW i8 is about 350 Wh per mile in electric-only mode. By comparison, this energy consumption is the equivalent of a fuel consumption of 115 mpg in a traditional petrol car.
The actual energy consumption will depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style. For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in an energy use of around 480 Wh per mile. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the efficiency to about 240 Wh per mile.
The BMW i8 has a combined (electric and fuel) range of about 400 mi, of which about 15 of fully electric range. Please note that, even when driving in full-electric mode, the internal combustion engine may kick in under high loads.
When the battery is empty or 'hold charge' mode is engaged, the fuel consumption is about 42 mpg on the combined (motorway and city) cycle. When starting off with a full battery and applying a moderate driving style, no fuel is consumed over a 15 mile trip and fuel consumption is about 69 mpg over a 30 mile trip and 52 mpg over a 60 mile trip.
The combined average consumption of petrol of the BMW i8 will therefor depend on the average trip distance and whether the car is charged before each trip. Climate, driving style and route will have a further impact on the actual fuel consumption. The official figures in accordance with the NEDC driving cycle for fuel consumption of 135 mpg and a range of 501 mi are irrelevant in practice.
While driving in full-electric mode, the BMW i8 will not emit any CO2. When the battery is empty, or if the engine load is high, the internal combustion engine will be used. As fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are directly proportional, the average CO2 emssions of a BMW i8 will depend greatly on several key factors that determine fuel consumption. Note: CO2 emissions are calculated per kilometre.
When driving using only the petrol engine, CO2 emissions will be around 160 grams of CO2 per kilometre on the combined (motorway and city) cycle. However, if the average trip distance is relatively short and the car is charged between trips, the average CO2 emissions will be reduced significantly.
CO2 Emissions will drop to 0 g/km on a 15 mile trip, 96 g/km on a 30 mile trip and 127 g/km on a 60 mile trip. This only includes tailpipe CO2 emissions. The energy needed to charge the battery might have been (partly) generated by the use of fossil fuels. Additionally, CO2 is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels. The offical figures in accordance with the NEDC driving cycle for CO2 emissions of 49 g/km are for comparison of vehicles only and have no relevance in practice.
More information from BMW
The link below will open the page of the i8 on the official BMW site.