15 Nov '11, 10am

The BMW i3: Advancing Automotive Sustainability

The BMW i3: Advancing Automotive Sustainability

BMW’s first mass produced electric vehicle will be the BMW i3 which is scheduled for release in 2013, and will be followed by a sporty plug-in hybrid, the i8 in 2014. In designing these two vehicles, BMW looked at its entire value chain to identify ways to reduce its environmental impacts. To address the issue of raw materials sourcing, the company replaced 80 percent of the aluminum and 25 percent of the plastics used in the car with either recycled material or new material produced using renewable energy. BMW worked with the SGL Group for the cars’ carbon fiber components which are manufactured using hydropower, reducing the associated carbon emissions by 50 percent. Both cars will be produced in BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany using 100 percent renewable energy. This plant has the leanest production system in the European auto industry. As part of the expansion of the fa...

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