Open-pore eucalyptus wood is hand-selected not only for its beauty, but also for its status as a sustainable resource.
Sections of the dashboard and trim are made from sustainably grown open-pore eucalyptus, adding a bit of zen to the interior. The fine leather upholstery in the i3 and i3s is tanned using olive leaf extract, a natural process that uses olive production byproducts to protect against fading and wear.
Fibers from sustainably grown kenaf, a form of hemp, are used to reinforce dashboard and door trims.
The carbon-neutral BMW Plant in Leipzig, Germany uses 50% less energy and 70% less water than conventional factories – and runs on 100% renewable energy.
The use of recycled and reinforced plastics in the construction of major components make the BMW i3 and i3s eco-friendly and fuel efficient. The fabric in the seats is made from recycled bottles, while the body incorporates carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), a lighter, stronger alternative to steel.
Microscopic shot of the carbon fiber reinforced plastic used in the Life module of the BMW i3 and i3s.