Thursday, October 17, 2013

Look Inside BMW's Ultra-Green i3 Factory

Look Inside BMW's Ultra-Green i3 Factory - Popular Mechanics

 

 BMW claims its i3 electric vehicle, which debuts at the end of the year, is the world's most sustainable car.

 BMW i is revolutionising automotive engineering with the first series-produced passenger cells made of carbon, components from BMW EfficientDynamics lightweight construction technology. Carbon is around 50 % lighter than steel and around 30 % lighter than aluminium, allowing BMW i to set new standards in lightweight construction while also completely offsetting the additional weight resulting from the high-voltage lithium-ion battery. At the same time, carbon is a high-tensile material with very versatile applications in construction that increases the safety of all passengers.


BMW i is a comprehensive and ground-breaking concept for sustainable mobility. It represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. And it thrills with its innovative vehicles: the all-electric BMW i3, a locally emission-free car for city driving that is sustainably designed throughout,

Sustainability and BMW i.

Reinventing mobility with sustainability in mind takes more than just a vision. You need answers to a plethora of emerging questions, the first of which is: Where does sustainability begin? The answer: in the same place as it ends.

Sustainability characterises the thoughts and actions of the BMW Group. Which is why the BMW Group is the Dow Jones Sustainability Index leader for the eighth year in succession, making it the most sustainable company in the automotive industry yet again. With EfficientDynamics, BMW has set itself the goal of continually reducing emissions while increasing driving pleasure. BMW i uses a wealth of innovative BMW EfficientDynamics technologies and goes even further: From design to production, from the useful life of the vehicle to its disposal, every detail is based on sustainability. Because sustainability is an attitude that doesn't have a beginning or an end. 

The aim of developing the BMW i cars is not simply to build emission-free cars, but also to use the maximum possible amount of sustainably produced and recycled materials – especially inside. The interior of the BMW i3 sets a new standard here and makes sustainability tangible.

Another milestone is the completely innovative LifeDrive car architecture, with its carbon passenger cell and aluminium drive module that reduce its weight enormously and extend the car's range. 

Natural, renewable, and sustainable: the interiors of BMW i cars feature door trim panels and dashboards made from a renewable natural fibre, naturally-tanned leather and an open-pore eucalyptus wood from 100 % FSC®-certified forestry. Overall, 25 % renewable raw materials and recycled plastics were used in the interior of the BMW i3. The textile seat coverings are 100 % recycled polyester, produced using 34 % PET. A further 25 % recycled plastics are used in the exterior. 

The BMW Group has topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index every year since 2005 as the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer. Rather than become complacent, we were motivated to create new standards: the energy-intensive carbon fibre manufacturing process was set up in Moses Lake, USA, because it can be operated there using clean energy from one of the world's largest hydroelectric power plants – the Grand Coulee Dam. The BMW i plant in Leipzig is also fully powered using electricity from 4 wind turbines installed specifically for that purpose on the plant premises. In addition, the energy consumption required to produce the cars in the Leipzig plant was reduced by 50 % and water consumption by as much as 70 %.*
*compared to the industry-leading BMW Standard. 
 
If this does not sound like THE CAR for a Sustainable FUTURE i don't know what would ?
 
THIS IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CAR your MONEY can BUY! 
 
Only my public transport is more ECO Friendly without any doubt!  But if i would drive a car...
This would be the only car i could imagine.....
 
Not just a little bit more fuel efficient like the Volkswagen Blue Motion Models...
NO as SUSTAINABLE as POSSIBLE!  Awesome!

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