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2018 BMW i8 vs Porsche 718: New Electric Contest?

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There could soon be a new electric contest and this could be between the 2018 BMW i8 and the Porsche 718. Both BMW and Porsche could offer up all electric vehicles in the future, however, neither carmaker has confirmed them.

Rumor has it that the next all-electric car is going to be a variation of the i8 plug-in hybrid. At the moment BMW only offer the i3 hatchback all electric, but this may change in the future. We have heard that the company is considering a vehicle with the name of the i5 along with the BMW i8. It was said that the company is considering the i8 and they are going to build a prototype version which uses three electric motors instead of the powertrain of the i8. This is thought to include the 1.5 litre turbocharged three cylinder along with a single electric drive motor.

The standard version of the BMW i8 offers up 357 horses when in hybrid mode and it has been suggested that the prototype will offer electric motors of 268 horses each. At the moment we haven’t heard anything official about the electric version of the BMW i8 so you should take it with a pinch of salt.

It is also rumoured that Porsche is looking to get serious about electric vehicles with the Porsche 718. The Porsche Mission E concept is still a long way away as it is arriving in 2019 and the carmaker is anticipating it will go down well. So much so, that we could see more electric vehicles coming from them in the future.

More electric vehicles are expected within the next decade and the boss of development suggested that they are working on changing the tech of the Porsche 718 Boxster. Whether or not an actual decision has been made to take the Porsche 718 to electric isn’t clear.

So a new electric contest could come about by way of the BMW i8 and the Porsche 718 and they would bring style to the EV market.

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