Detroit, Michigan – BMW has presented the all-electric i3 Concept and plug-in hybrid i8 Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The i3, previously known as the Megacity Vehicle, is the BMW Group’s first series-produced all-electric car and the first premium electric vehicle, the company said. It features an electric motor over the rear wheels, with an output of 125kW/170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, accelerating from zero to 60 km/h in under four seconds, and zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds.

The i3 includes four-passenger seating, wide-opening doors, 200 litres of trunk storage and remote functions that allow owners to find their vehicles, start their charging, find charging stations and receive information through their smartphones.

The i8 Concept combines the modified electric drive system from the i3, fitted over its front axle, with a rear-mounted three-cylinder combustion engine. The combination provides the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption of a small car. Its large lithium-ion battery can be charged from a wall socket, which allows it to travel up to 35 km on electricity alone.

An additional component of the i vehicles is a range of mobility services, which can include the improved use of existing parking facilities, intermodal route planning, intelligent navigation systems and car sharing.

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