BMW is pulling the plug on the i8

Date:13 March 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, ,

After six long years of production, BMW announced that it will discontinue the iconic, plug-in hybrid BMW i8. The i8 was first introduced to the world back in 2014 as nothing more than a concept vehicle, which only added to everyone’s surprise when it became a fully-fledged production vehicle that actually held true to the concept design.

When the i8 was first introduced to the public, its sleek lines and futuristic design instantly sent motorists into a frenzy, rocketing the vehicle to the top of every young boys “favourite car” list. It wasn’t just about the looks though, as those clean lines were hiding an advanced (at the time) power train made-up of a combination of lithium-ion batteries and a three-cylinder engine, capable of accelerating the vehicle from 0 to 60km in just 4.4 seconds, an impressive feat for hybrids at the time.

Over its six-year life span, BMW had sold more than 20,000 i8’s worldwide, an impressive feat considering the vehicles asking price was an eye-watering R2,423,700 ($147,500). However, despite the popularity of the i8, BMW has decided that the technology is simply not competitive anymore, especially when compared to the likes of Tesla, the Porsche Taycan, and even the Nissan Leaf.

This decision does not mark then end of BMW’s venture into the world of electric vehicles, as the company debuted the four-door, all-electric Concept i4 earlier this year, with production set to begin in 2021.

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