The world’s first BMW i8s were handed over to customers at BMW Welt in Munich. The first 8 customers received their BMW i8s as part of an official ceremony in which Roland Krüger, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group, and Dr. Helmut Schramm, Head of Production Electric Vehicles at Plant Leipzig, presented them with the keys to their new cars.
The first BMW i8 cars also feature the groundbreaking BMW laser light. With the i8, BMW is the first manufacturer worldwide to offer totally new laser-powered headlights in a production vehicle. While high intensity, energy efficient full LED headlights are standard in the BMW i8, the optional laser-boost feature extends its high beam range to up to 600 metres doubling the illumination range of the latest LED high beam headlights. The new technology uses 30% less energy than LEDs, takes up less installation space inside the headlight and weighs less as well.
The range of BMW laser headlights offers even greater illumination and visibility for driving in the dark, ensuring a driving experience with enhanced road safety. Dazzling of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead is reliably eliminated in conjunction with the camera-aided digital high-beam assistant.
Following the vehicle handover, the new BMW i8 was presented to a select audience in a special multimedia show, featuring actor Thomas Kretschmann. The i8 deliveries will begin in all main international BMW Group markets in June.