"Demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the
planned production volume during ramp-up," BMW said in a
statement on Monday, without giving a more specific figure for
how many cars will be made during this phase.
Green cars, and electric vehicles in particular remain a niche
product, because their limited vehicle range limits their use
when compared with gasoline or diesel-powered cars.
Market leader Nissan <7201.T>, Toyota <7203.T>, General Motors <GM.N>
and VW's <VOWG_p.DE> Audi have trimmed electric-car plans or
have had to offer aggressive pricing to spur their middling
To give the carbon fiber car an operating range of up to 600
kilometers (373 miles), the 362-horsepower i8 is powered by a
This combines a 96 kilowatt electric motor driving the front
wheels, and a turbo charged 231-horsepower three-cylinder petrol
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing
by Louise Heavens)
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