Peder is a SoCal sort of dude who is totally committed to the electric car lifestyle. He and his wife Julie started off with a BMW MINI-e in 2009. Today, their driveway is filled with two BMW i3’s and a BMW i8.
The BMW i8 is an amazing car. It is a mostly carbon fiber, plug-in hybrid sports car with the kind of doors made famous by the original Lamborghini Countach. After owing the car for 8 months, Peder reports, “My driving style is sporting, loving the twisties, with each trip in the car involving at least one or two leftward ticks of the stick over to sport mode for a 0-60 sprint, an onramp dash or fun on the twisties, that’s all it takes to put a huge smile on my face.”
He adds, “I’ve never experienced anything like driving the BMW i8 in my 35 years of driving life before. It’s an intoxicating combination of power, lightness, refinement, art, driving dynamics, AWD, efficiency, comfort and stealth. It’s the total package with each element making the other elements even stronger.”
The i8 draws a crowd everywhere it goes. (Eat you heart out, Elon!) Peder says he can’t go anywhere without people asking to sit in his car. They even come find him in restaurants and beg him to come outside so they can talk about the car. Such notoriety can be a bit unnerving, especially for someone like Peder, who doesn’t seek all that attention.
In terms of efficiency, the BMW i8 is a remarkable car. With its gasoline engine, Peder and Julie never have to worry about finding a charging station on longer trips. When the engine does most of the work, the car averages 32 miles per gallon. When the hybrid powertrain uses both the engine and the car’s electric motor, 40 to 70 miles per gallon is customary. Of course, around town, using the electric motor means no gasoline is required.
One other interesting thing Peder has noticed – a used i8 sells for the same price he paid for his car. Unlike other electric or plug-in hybrid cars, his car has depreciated hardly at all in the 8 months he has owned it. Even Teslas have some depreciation. Peder thinks his car could become a valuable classic some day, and he is looking forward to driving it that long.