Powered Up and Ready to Go: Inside BMW’s First Hybrid Electric Car

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With its strong curves and Lotus-style doors, BMW’s first hybrid, plug-in electric vehicle, the i8, makes a striking first impression. Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, the two-seater features both an array of technology and eco-friendly accouterments that could make quite an impression when the car arrives later this year.

Combining a three-cylinder gas engine with an electric engine for a combined 362 horsepower, the car can reportedly travel 22 miles on electric power alone and 310 miles on the hybrid engine technology. The interior features LED lights, a passenger cell constructed of carbon fiber and, according to BMW, uses recycled material throughout the vehicle.

It’s also packed with technology, including BMW’s iDrive system, rain sensors and a fully digital instrument display.

We took a good look through Google Glass during a tour from BMW’s product manager for BMW i, Jose Guerrero. He said the i8’s dramatic curve designs are based on actual water droplets to help improve the car’s aerodynamics. The car arrives at BMW dealers this summer for a jaw-dropping list price of $135,700.

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