The BMW i8 is a stunningly beautiful plug-in hybrid with wicked acceleration. But it was also a lab where BMW introduced some innovative technology to use in future vehicles. BMW i8 eDrive technology offers superb drive quality (or as the video below points out, “exceptionally efficient performance”) with all-electric driving and zero tailpipe emissions when the battery is juiced.
BMW explains in the video that it only makes one thing, “The ultimate driving machine.” The eDrive technology found in the BMW i8 is now available in the BMW X5 with eDrive, a plug-in hybrid SUV that’s about to hit the market and is “greener than a Prius.”
Described as “a beauty of a vehicle with a target fuel economy average (gas + electric) of 62 mpg (3.8 liters per 100 kilometers), about 18 miles of electric range, and able to do 0-60 in under 7 seconds” in this previous EVObsession post, many are excited about this coming electric SUV.
For more recent details regarding its pricing and specs, check out: 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e — Price & Further Details Emerge.
Actually, as streamlined and professional as the above video is, I prefer this spontaneous polling at the Frankfurt Airport about the BMW i8 — brief conversations with people taking a moment to do selfies with the i8 (who are willing to talk to our inquiring videographer). Zach captured brief reactions and interviews of the people taking in the lovely machine. Proving that automobiles are still kind of guy thing, most who stopped to admire it were men. However, the one woman who did so… was on her way to work for Tesla, natch.
Having an i8 and an X5 xDrive 40e probably wouldn’t be too bad of a situation.