BMW debuted the i8 with ‘Laser Lights’ in the U.S. at the 2015 LA Auto Show last week. The ‘Laser Light’ option was available in Europe since the introduction of the i8 in 2014, but the FDA has been stalling the feature the in the U.S. until now.
According to BMWBLOG, the automaker and the FDA agreed on a new version of the laser lights that are twice stronger than regular headlights compared to three times with the original version available in Europe. Also, the U.S. version will not have the blue light and they will automatically turn off for incoming cars.
BMW claims that its laser technology is 30% more energy efficient than regular LED lights.
BMWBLOG got to see the headlights in action – good stuff starts at 0:50:
The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid with a 7 kWh battery pack – 15 EPA-rated miles of range on all-electric (330 miles with gas). It starts at $141,000 in the U.S.