Hybrid BMW i8 will have futuristic key fob with hi-res display

BMW i8 smart key fob

Many of you auto-enthusiasts may have already been smitten by the BMW i8, the German automaker’s upcoming plug-in hybrid car for 2014. And, now to fuel your desire of owning one, we have come across what is reportedly a specialized key fob for the futuristic looking automobile. Exhibiting the very same design DNA of the original car, the key fob will comprise of its very own high resolution LCD display. The integrated screen will show various electric credentials of the BMW i8, including the charge level of the battery, the related charge time and the overall range (on a single charge) of the vehicle. This will be accompanied by conventional fob buttons for opening/closing the door and popping open the truck space.

And this where it really gets juicy – the snazzy looking contraption is also expected to display other kinds of info, with programmable shortcuts that might allude to various controlling features of the car. Now, before you start to salivate, we must mention – the entire BMW i8 key fob might be based on pure conjecture, with reports only emerging from a BMW insider known as Herr 26.

BMW i8 smart key fob

Of course, even without any kind of smart key contraption, the $135,000 BMW i8 is a fascinating specimen of an automobile. Its power-train will have a 7.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can generate an all-electric range of 22 miles (35 km), while having an average fuel efficiency of just 2.5 L/100 km. The hybrid also scores high in its specs, with acceleration of 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of  75 mph (121 km/h) in electric mode.

BMW i8 smart key fob

Via: OHGizmo


Dattatreya Mandal

A proud native of the beautiful steel township of Durgapur, West Bengal, Dattatreya’s fascination lies within a range of diverse matters. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture, he is quite fond of his hardcore strategy gamer as well as amateur historian tag. Of course, with over two years of blogging experience under his belt, he also likes to write about the latest updates on gizmo oriented products and home based technology.

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