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BMW i3, BMW i8 launched in Sri Lanka

| BMW, EVs, New Cars, Sri Lanka | January 29, 2016

BMW i3, BMW i8 launched in Sri Lanka

Prestige Automobile, sole representative of BMW in Sri Lanka, has introduced BMW i3 – a purpose-built electric vehicle with maximum safety and BMW i8 – the most progressive plug-in hybrid sports car to the local market.

Along with the launch of BMW i, Prestige Automobiles has also introduced the all-inclusive 360o ELECTRIC program that has been designed to make electric mobility ownership a breeze. The BMW i3 is BMW i’s first electric vehicle capable of achieving zero tailpipe emissions. It is designed from the ground up to be sustainable and yet capable of delivering BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure in an undiluted form.

As such, the familiar sense of driving pleasure embodied by the BMW i3 is the result of a completely fresh concept, part of which has involved creating the optimum balance of weight, performance and range for urban mobility.

The key elements here are the LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive technology. The use of lightweight Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is five times stronger than steel but is 50% lighter, for the passenger cell cancels out the extra weight contributed by the high-voltage lithium-ion battery.

The BMW i8 is the first BMW plug-in hybrid sports car built with the revolutionary LifeDrive architecture and advanced lightweight material like CFRP. It features the latest BMW Efficient Dynamics technology, including a rear-mounted 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW Twin Power Turbo technology that can generate up to 231hp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. It also features a hybrid synchronous electric motor that can channel a maximum output of 131hp and torque up to 250 Nm, during which it is capable of delivering zero tailpipe emissions.

When the BMW TwinPower Turbo and BMW eDrive technology are activated concurrently, the BMW i8 is capable of producing up to 362 hp and 570 Nm that can propel the car from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds.

The all-inclusive 360o ELECTRIC program is designed to make electric mobility simple and straightforward. It is an all-rounded portfolio of services comprising four key pillars that will come standard with every BMW i model.Firstly, Home Charging – every BMW i vehicle will come with the BMW iWallbox Pure and a basic installation package.

The BMW iWallbox Pure is a 230V wallbox with a charging power of 3.7 kW and a current strength of 16 amperes. It can fully charge up the BMW i3 in about 6 to 8 hours. The BMW i8, meanwhile, can be fully-charged in just over 2 hours.

Prestige Automobile (Pvt.) Ltd is the authorized importer for the premium German brand – Bavarian Motor Works AG, in Sri Lanka, better known as BMW.

(Source: Daily News Sri Lanka)