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BMW to showcase i8 at Fleet Technology Congress

BMW will use the upcoming BVRLA Fleet Technology Congress to showcase its innovative i8 sports car.

The i8, which was also seen at the Fleet News Company Car in Action event, is one of the first plug-in hybrid sports cars to go on sale in the UK.

It uses a host of innovative technologies, including a carbon fibre and aluminium construction and safety features such as autonomous emergency braking and surround view cameras.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “Rental and leasing companies will no doubt be keen to see the technology under the skin of this revolutionary sports car as it will gradually filter down and become standard on mainstream fleet cars in the coming years.

“We’re delighted that BMW is sponsoring our event, and look forward to giving fleet operators the opportunity to hear from key industry personnel on July 1.”

With a 131hp 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 7.1kWh battery, the i8 emits just 49g/km CO2 and returns an impressive 135mpg.

However, it won’t be the only vehicle in attendance at the Heritage Motor Centre in July. BMW has also confirmed a number of other models will be on display at the event, including the i3, 435i Luxury Gran Coupe, 218i Active Tourer and X4 crossover, as well as the new F56 MINI.

Head of fleet Matt Bristow will also be on hand to talk about the car manufacturers’ perspective on new technology, environment and sociological issues.

The BVRLA will be unveiling results of its fleet technology survey at the event. Fleet operators can contribute to this research online.

The BVRLA Fleet Technology Congress takes place on Tuesday, July 1, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. It is being held in association with ACFO and ICFM and with the support of BMW and Drive Software.

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