BMWs US Carbon Fiber Footprint Expanding Quickly
Moses Lake, WA carbon fiber plant to triple capacity. The BMW i8 2+2 PHEV-31 (NEDC) ? $136,625 including D&H to start while providing owners 31 miles on the plug and The i8s 228 hp 1.5L I3 drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed AT while a 120 hp electric motor drives the front wheels through a two speed AT ? electric FWD, engine RWD ? which allows a burst to 60 to take just 4.4 seconds. The i8 is electronically limited to top speed of 155 mph. Its 7.1 kWh Li-Ion pack has a usable capacity of 5.2 kWh which should allow maybe 21 miles of range once the EPA homologation is complete.