BMW i – i8 Hydrogen and i5 Plug-in Hybrid
BMW i brand was created with the vision to completely reimagine the future of mobility and rethink Electric, Plug-in Hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles.
In addition to Electric and Plug-in Hybrid BMW i is also working on BMW’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell as evident by the recent BMW i8 eDrive Hydrogen Fuel Cell prototype.
Currently BMW’s sub brand the BMW i has two cars on sale, BMW i3 and i8.
BMW i3 is available in all electric or electric with Range Extender. The Electric only BMW i3 has a range of up to 81 miles per charge, and 0-60 mph of 7 seconds.
The BMW i3 with Range Extender has a range of 150 miles and 0-60 mph of 7.8 seconds. Both BMW i3 models produce 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
BMW i’s i8 on the other hand couples a Turbo 3-cylinder combustion with its electric motor and together they produce 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
BMW i8 is capable of a 3.5 seconds 0-60 mph while providing up to 330 miles range.
The BMW i8 eDrive Hydrogen Fuel Cell Prototype is a hint of BMW i’s future plans. We’re looking at possible future vehicles with Hydrogen Fuel Cell coupled with electric motors as an alternative to electric only and electric and combustion engine coupling.
BMW i is also working on a Tesla Model S competitor and it will be named the BMW i5.
The upcoming BMW i5 will not be based on the future BMW 5-series and similar to other BMW i products, the i5 will benefit from use of the BMW LifeDrive architecture.
BMW i5 will also use Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic which is half the weight of steel, and just as strong.
We’re expecting the BMW i5 to start off with a more powerful Plug-in Hybrid system similar to the one found in BMW i8, but with the total output of over 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.
We expect BMW to also introduce an Electric Hydrogen BMW i5 (eDrive Hydrogen Fuel Cell) later in the model’s life cycle.
The BMW i5 will be a sleek four-door coupe similar to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the BMW 6-series Gran Coupe.