The i8 is BMW's expensive sleek futuristic plug-in hybrid supercar. The car is powered by a one-two punch by a powerful 96-kilowatt (129-horsepower) electric motor driving the front wheels—and an efficient 230-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine motivating the rear wheels. The car has a delightful split personality: switching on command between virtuous EV silence, and a delightful Porsche-like engine note when driven as a sports machine.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 05, 2011

GM Says Chevy Volt Battery Pack Redesign a Possibility, Offers Buyback

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson announced last week that a redesign of the T-shaped lithium ion battery pack that powers the Chevrolet Volt is under consideration to address issues raised after the NHTSA opened a formal investigation into safety-related issues involving the Volt's potential to catch fire after a side-impact crash. The automaker also said that it will buy back Volts from any owner concerned that the vehicle is a fire risk

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 05, 2010

Video: BMW Confirms Production of Vision Plug-in Hybrid Supercar

During a week of relatively quiet green car news, BMW has unleashed a barrage of new information including a confirmation that the much anticipated Vision plug-in hybrid supercar is green lighted for production.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 02, 2010

BMW Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car Coming in 2013

A senior BMW executive last week told that its 356-horsepower plug-in hybrid 2+2 concept sports car is headed for production in 2013. Only time will tell if the comment is backed by a real commitment from BMW. Regardless, the vehicle follows an emerging trend that the world’s fastest and most expensive sports vehicles will utilize some form of efficient electric-drive technology.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 10, 2009

European Carmakers Embrace Plug-in Cars

The growing list of part- or pure-electric cars to be displayed at next week’s Frankfurt Auto Show establishes a new litmus test for green cars at auto shows: Cars without plugs are behind the times.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 31, 2009

BMW’s Green Sports Car Fantasy

“It’s the sports car of the future, the way BMW imagines it.” That’s how Adrian van Hooydonk, director of BMW’s group design, describes the “BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics” two-door concept vehicle unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Think of it as a showcase of the many fuel-efficient technologies that BMW has in various stages of development.

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