BMW i8 Wins World Green Car of the Year at New York Auto Show
In this year’s New York Auto Show, the plug-in electric BMW i8 took home the World Green Car of the Year. Last year, the car’s little brother, the BMW i3, won the same award. In addition to the greenest car award, the vehicle was also up for the World Luxury Car, a recognition won by the Mercedes S-class. The Volkswagen Golf GTE and the Mercedes S500e rounded up the runners-up for the Green Car award.
The BMW i8 uses a 228-hp 1.5-liter I3 to drive the rear wheels. The front wheels, on the other hand, is powered by a 129-hp electric motor. The electric range of the vehicle is around 22 miles on a charge. The charging of the i8 takes around four hours to complete using a conventional outlet and 90 minutes using the wall charger of BMW. The total cost for this is around $136,650.
The total system output for the BMW i8 is 357 hp and it’s got 420 lb-ft of torque. The car’s total sprint time is 4.4 seconds to 62 mph.
Although the vehicle is quite difficult to get into thanks to its butterfly doors, driving the car is a really fun experience though.
Speaking at the award ceremony in New York, BMW AG board of management Dr Ian Robertson said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team in Munich. The BMW i8 represents the future with its unique lightweight construction and unrivaled connectivity. To win this award for the second year in a row shows that our BMW i products are truly leading the world.”
A jury of 75 journalists from over 20 countries around the world run the New York Auto Show World Car Awards. Each summer, the nominees are announces and a committee trims down the list to five. Three finalists are then chosen from that pool by the jury. Other awards given include World Car of the Year (Mercedes C-class), World Luxury Car of the Year (Mercedes S-class) and World Performance Car of the Year (Mercedes AMG GT).