SUSTAINABILITY

BMW i RENEWABLE RESOURCES


The mission of developing the BMW i is not simply to build tailpipe emission-free cars, but also to use the maximum possible amount of sustainably produced and recycled materials.

  • Instrument panel and door trims are made from Kenaf plant fibers.
  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) roof panel is made partially with recycled CFRP from the manufacturing processes of other components.
  • 25% of plastic used in the interior is comprised of recycled materials.
  • Dashboard wood trim is crafted from responsibly-forested eucalyptus.
  • CFRP components are sustainably produced in Moses Lake, WA, where the factory uses
  • hydroelectric power.
  • The Leipzig, Germany, assembly plant uses wind-generated electricity.
  • Olive-leaf extract is used to tan interior leather surfaces.

With its use of renewable resources and naturally treated raw materials, the interior of the BMW i3 is characterized by innovative, sustainable design. Overall, these account for 25% of the BMW i3's interior, with 25% more accounting for the exterior.

Premium materials — like the open-pore eucalyptus wood used throughout the dashboard and instrument panels — are made entirely from timber grown in Europe, which are certified as 100% sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council®, ensuring shorter supply channels to further guarantee efficiency in all stages of production.

The leather is tanned using a natural process derived from olive leaves, which takes the leave's extracts to add protection against fading and wear, while maintaining a unique look and impressively soft feel.

Compared to BMW's overall production average, the BMW i3 is expected to consume 70% less water per vehicle due to the added efficiency of the Leipzig plant.
 
 
 
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