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The new BMW Smart Charging App makes it possible for BMW i customers to automatically identify the best rates and times for charging their electric vehicles at home. Developed by the BMW Group and available for Android and iOS devices, the BMW Smart Charging App is integrated with the BMW i Remote App, which allows drivers to get vehicle information via their smartphone. The BMW Smart Charging App has the potential to save customers as much as $400 annually on their electric bills. BMW … CONTINUED

First BMW i8 Customer Cars Delivered

06/09/2014 at 5:00 AM
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BMW AG: made history on June 5th by delivering the first eight i8′s to their customers at the BMW Welt. The i8 is on schedule to break our preconceived notions of what a “green” car is. I envy these first eight customers, of the i8. The i series cars are breaking new ground – and it’s an exciting time for BMW to be leading the way into the future.

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Good video showing the technologies and engineering used to reduce weight and increase efficiency of the BMW i8. Look for these ideas and processes to flow down to traditional powered models in the coming years.

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The first TV Spots for the new BMW i8 for UK and European markets showcase the genesis and purpose of the i8 symbolised by one simple statement that highlights the i8 and the philosophy behind BMWi.

Achieving the Impossible.

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With the all-electric BMW i3 already on the market and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car poised for its own launch, the BMW Group portfolio boasts the world’s first premium automobiles purpose-designed for zero-emission mobility.

The international media launch of the BMW i8 in Los Angeles will include the presentation of a solar carport concept developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA for the use of renewable energy. It combines high-grade technology for generating electricity from solar power with an innovative design that perfectly complements the … CONTINUED

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The BMW i8 gets some even more aggressive bodywork in these renderings featuring carbon fiber aero kit and aftermarket wheels.

Watch Chris Harris Review the BMW i8

04/30/2014 at 4:00 PM
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Chris Harris takes a 24 hour trip to Los Angeles to drive the new BMW i8. He hated the flight, but the i8 left a positive impression on the team. Capable of 23 miles all electric before the 3-cylinder turbocharged motor kicks in to recharge the batteries. This is one of the closest production cars we’ve ever seen that looks almost identical to the concept car it’s based on.

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Can the BMW i8 drift? Seems we’ll be seeing that answered soon by a Chris Harris review on Road & Track, but for now here are some real life performance figures from their instrumented test of the i8.

The i8 was able to cover 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, quarter mile in 12.3 seconds @ 114.4 MPH.

It hit 0.91g on the skidpad and braked from 60-0 in 119 feet.

Production BMW i8 Reviews Rolling In

04/27/2014 at 12:51 AM
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Reviews of the production BMW i8 are now rolling in… check out the verdicts inside.

BMW i8 Test Drive by Bloomberg

04/25/2014 at 10:00 AM
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April 24 (Bloomberg) — The ultra high-end electric and hybrid car space is suddenly getting a bit more crowded in China. Tesla had the first deliveries of the Model S to Chinese customers this week, while BMW will roll out its hybrid i8 super sports car for the China market by the end of the year. Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle got behind the wheel of BMW’s new offering in Beijing. (Source: Bloomberg)

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The BMWUSA page for the BMW i8 has been updated, with a pleasant surprise – the 0-60 mph has dropped to 4.2 seconds (from earlier estimates of 4.5 seconds).

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Large set of photos from a BMW UK i8 Customer Preview Event held at the BMW UK headquarters.

There were two i8 models on hand

1) Sophisto Grey (with iBlue accent), i W-spoke 470 wheels, and Dalbergia Tan interior (part of the ‘Halo’ interior package in the UK).

2) Ionic Silver (with iBlue accent), i Turbine-spoke 444 wheels, and Amido Black interior (part of the ‘Carpo Dark’ interior package in the UK).

2014 NYIAS: BMW i8 in Protonic Blue

04/16/2014 at 12:50 PM
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Rounding out our day at the New York Autoshow is the always stunning BMW i8 painted in stunning Protonic Blue. Take care everyone!

2014 New York International Autoshow
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Catch our videos of various BMW lighting technologies in action, including BMW Laser Lights (on the i8), OLED lights, Night Vision, and Selective High Beam Assist.

With bonus pics of the BMW i8 interior lighting.

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BMW LIGHT DAYS WORKSHOP

Last night we at BIMMERPOST were invited to test the new headlight features of current BMW models and also to take a look into the future of BMW lighting at BMW’s Light Days Workshop. We share the info and experience with you below.

HISTORY

To start, BMW AG gave us a little history of BMW headlight design on past BMW models. BMW has been using the double round headlights since 1963 on the e3 and e9 models. In 1990 BMW was the first … CONTINUED

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CAR has posted its effusive full BMW i8 test drive review, which resulted in a full 5-star rating for overall rating, handling, performance usability and “feelgood factory.”

Here are some of the most telling excerpts from the review:

Play it right, and Eco Pro can extend the range over the regular Comfort mode, from 310 to 370 miles. Flick the gear selector left, to engage Sport mode. The dials switch to a bright red glow, any throttle resistance is replaced by eagerness. The six-speed automatic – … CONTINUED

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Photo gallery of the BMW i8 and i3 at the 2014 Vancouver International Autoshow.

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We have posted a rare in-car i8 acceleration launch video to our YouTube page.

Our video shows the i8′s gauge graphics as the car accelerates in Sport Mode, as well as providing a listen at the i8′s raw mechanical sounds as it accelerates. While the production i8 will be equipped with Active Sound Design (enhanced interior sound technology), this particular car we’re hearing has its Active Sound Design (ASD) disabled for testing purposes. ASD will not be able to be turned off by the driver … CONTINUED