BMW i8 to make Fleet Technology Congress appearance
By Byron Rimmer
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 15:00
EXHIBIT: BMW i8 is a groundbreaking model
BMW’s new i8 will make an appearance at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s (BVRLA) Fleet Technology Congress next month.
One of the first plug-in hybrid sports cars to hit the UK, the i8 will be the centrepiece of the July 1 event, which will be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.
The i8 has a 131hp 1.5litre petrol engine mated to a 7.1kWh battery, emitting 49g/km of CO2 and returning 135mpg.
Sponsors BMW will also exhibit several other models, including the i3, 435i Luxury Gran Coupe, 218i Active Tourer, X4 and F56 Mini.
Matt Bristow, Head of Fleet at the BVRLA, will also be on hand to talk about the car manufacturers’ perspective on new technology, environment and sociological issues.
Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of the BVRLA, 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.”
The BVRLA Fleet Technology Congress is being held in association with ACFO and ICFM and with the support of BMW and Drive Software.
It aims to provide an in-depth vehicle rental and leasing industry perspective on the developments already shaping the way fleets are managed and operated.