You know of regular fuel-burning supercars. When you think of a super car, you are not thinking of a car powered by electricity. What?! How was it going to happen? Well, AutomobileMag reports that BMW wants to make it happen. Their next generation i8 is going to ditch the hybrid engine of its predecessors for an all-electric engine (or set of engines). Say hello to the BMW i8 electric sports car.
BMW i8 Electric: How Powerful?
Before you start turning up your nose at this, consider that the nextgen i8 will churn out a whopping 750 HP from its battery-powered engine. Plus, its beefier batteries will give it an enhanced range of 482 kilometres. No mention has been made of top speed or acceleration.
The current i8 model (2015) has a hybrid engine. It has an all-electric range of 37 kilometres, can go from 0–100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). So the i8 electric sports car will be a huge improvement in terms of what a battery-powered car can do.
When are you likely to be able to splurge on the BMW i8 electric sports car? Nothing earlier than 2022. Maybe even 2023. That is still quite an age away. But nothing stops you from drooling at the thought.
BMW isn’t the first auto manufacturer to toy with the idea of an electric supercar. Porsche has been on it too with their “Mission E” project.