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 |  Jul 09 2013, 7:28 PM

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The BMW i3 production vehicle will be officially unveiled on July 29, but to hold everyone over, the German automaker has released some specifications on its first i-model electric car.

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 |  Jul 01 2013, 2:32 PM

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The official debut of the production BMW i3 will happen on July 29, 2013 the German automaker has announced.

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 |  May 03 2012, 2:02 PM

BMW is collaborating with the Technical University of Munich on an EV project called Visio.M, with plans to build an  efficient, safe, and inexpensive electric car that will be broadly marketable. 

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 |  Mar 25 2012, 12:01 PM

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The BMW i8 is looking closer and closer to production form and now we have some more detailed specifications on the German automaker’s upcoming electric supercar.

The plug-in hybrid will reportedly weigh in at 3,197 lbs with a 2+2 seating configuration and pop-up door design. Powering the i8 will be a 170-hp electric motor driving the front wheels, while a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder powers the rear wheels with 223-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Despite earlier rumors that a non-hybrid, M-variant of the i8 would be in production, ideas of a V8- or V10-powered i8 has been tossed out the window. That’s no real surprise as BMW really wishes to push the future of its technology with their i-model lineup.

And speaking of that technology, the new i8 can be front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive thanks to a clever black box. Fully charged, the BMW i8 can cover 20 miles in full-electric mode. 0-62 mph is in a mere 4.9 seconds when all 393-hp and 406 lb-ft of torque is in effect. The i8 will feature a four-speed transmission and in the European driving cycle it’s reporting 104.2-mpg.

As with most plug-in hybrids, recharge time depends on which voltage you are able to get. Standard charging time will be around six hours with high voltage allowing it to be done in less than an hour.

The German automaker anticipates the i8 to sell around 10,000 units a year and pricing will be over $130,000 (€100,000).

The production model of the BMW i8 is scheduled to make its official debut in 2014.

GALLERY: BMW i8 Spy Shots

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[Source: CAR Magazine]