Is it a co-incidence or is it the fate, that after the BMW launched the acclaimed i8 hybrid sportscar in India, it has won the prestigious World Green Car Award for the first time. Crowned during the World Car Awards ceremony during the New York International Auto Show, this is definitely not the first time for BMW to win these famous awards in the Green car category.
Before the i8, BMW i3 won the Green car award last year preceded by BMW 118d win in 2008. The BMW i8 was also selected as one of the finalists in the category of World Luxury Car, but she couldn't win. This is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle to be manufactured by the BMW Group. BMW claims that the i8 combines the performance of a sports car and fuel consumption and emission of a compact vehicle.
BMW i8 was recently launched in India for Rs 2.29 Crores (ex-showroom) and comes with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, combined with an electric motor. The petrol motor is equipped with the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology while the battery for the electric motor can be charged at a conventional power outlet or simply while driving. BMW i8 touches 0-100 kmph in just 4.4 seconds thanks to an output of 362hp.
BMW also claims that the i8 can be driven up to 37 kilometres on pure electric power before it runs out of juice. The power is sent to all the four-wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The electric motors uses 2-speed gearbox, while the petrol motor engages the rest of the 6 gears. To be bought via the CBU route, the i8 hybrid will be sold in limited numbers in the country.
Talking of the World Car Awards, they have been presented since 2005 at the annual New York International Auto Show. The awards are judged by 75 journalists from more than 20 countries.