THE STORY OF BMW i

CARBON FIBER


A car that's lightweight means a more efficient and dynamic driving experience, with greater range capabilities. Bearing this in mind, BMW i chose to use Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) as the foundation for the BMW i3. It's a material that's as strong as steel — but with about half the weight — allowing BMW to set new standards in both vehicle construction and safety. The BMW i3 contains the first-ever, mass produced CFRP passenger cell in the automotive business, which plays a major factor in the car's overall efficiency.

Due to the CFRP's light weight, the battery has less work to do, making it more efficient. This also allows for the use of a smaller, lighter battery that saves even more weight, while reducing the charging time and increasing the vehicle's range. The design of the Life Module also lowers the BMW i3's center of gravity, making it a more engaging and dynamic car to drive.

The first step in CRFP production is currently being produced in Moses Lake, Washington, at an ultra-modern plant that's completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power.
 
 
 
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