Automaker BMW has announced its plans for two new green cars under the company’s “i” series, a letter than seems to have been adopted by Mitsubishi as well, following Apple’s branding success. BMW is calling the new vehicles the i3 and i8, both of which are only concepts at this point.
The four-seat BMW i3 is an electric vehicle slated for 2013, and features a rear-wheel drive with a 125 kilowatt electric motor, giving the car a range of just over 90 miles on a fully charged battery, which can be charged to 80% in as little as an hour.
Also a four-seat vehicle, the BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car that can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds. Slated for a 2014 release, the car has a range of just over 20 miles in all-electric mode, but is also equipped with a three cylinder gasoline engine that can propel the car to approximately 155 mph.
Only recently was BMW’s ActiveE vehicle available here in the United States, so America audiences may have to wait a bit longer than the European market. Both new vehicles are set to be manufactured at a carbon neutral facility in Germany, where the company is investing over $560 million into the new plant, along with hiring 800 new employees.
Full public details of the new vehicles can be download in PDF form on BMW’s website.