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The BMW i3 – sustainability
from beginning to end.

It takes more than just low-emission motoring to drive sustainable change. So when we designed the BMW i3 and its production facilities, we did so with a focus on sustainability from start to finish. So the driving pleasure you experience at the wheel of your BMW i3 is fully sustainable.

From the earliest stages of the development process we geared the entire vehicle concept to efficient and sustainable electric mobility. Wherever possible renewable and recycled materials help protect the environment and replace conventional materials such as plastic.


Sustainability at BMW i is not simply just a word. It is our supreme guiding principle. This is why we have designed the entire life cycle of the BMW i3 in line with the principle of maximum conservation of resources and sustainability.


· The entire vehicle concept was developed with e-mobility in mind, from the bottom up

· Innovative aerodynamics reduce air resistance and so minimise energy consumption

· Renewable and recycled materials help protect the environment and replace conventional materials such as plastic


· The carbon fibre is produced with 100% water power

· Production of the BMW i3 in Leipzig is 100% powered by wind energy

· The energy required in production has been halved compared to the already low energy consumption of other BMW models


· If it is not using its range extender, it generates zero emissions while driving. This reduces air pollution in urban areas

· When you drive the BMW i3, you hear and smell practically nothing

· The ECO PRO mode increases the range of the car and cuts electricity consumption


· Up to 95% of the BMW i3 is recyclable

· For example, the battery modules can be re-used to store solar energy

· Excess carbon fibres can be re-introduced to the production process

Sustainable production.

At our Leipzig production plant, we have installed wind turbines to enable us to manufacture the BMW i3 with green power. Even compared to the low energy requirements for the production of other BMW models, we have managed to halve the amount of energy required to produce a BMW i3.
The carbon fibres from which the BMW i3’s ultralight passenger cell is made are produced with energy generated entirely from renewables: the power comes from one of the world’s largest hydroelectric plants at Moses Lake, 186 miles east of Seattle.




Using kenaf for larger interior surfaces allows us to substitute petroleum-based plastics and reduce the overall weight of the BMW i3, because kenaf fibres are up to 30% lighter than conventional materials. This extremely lightweight material is extracted from the mallow plant, which converts an above-average volume of CO2 to oxygen as it grows.


A renewable material that offers a high level of comfort is certified pure new wool. In the Lodge interior design package, this accounts for 40% of the material in the seat covers. The wool blend is breathable, helping to regulate the temperature between the seat cover and the occupant. As a result, the seats remain pleasantly cool, even on hot days.


Eucalyptus is naturally resistant to moisture. That means it needs around 90% less surface finishing than more traditional types of wood. As it is processed without chemicals, the soft texture and natural open pores of the wood remain intact. Eucalyptus are one of the fastest-growing species of tree in existence, which makes eucalyptus ideal for series production. All wood in the BMW i3 is sourced from 100% FSC-certified forestry, helping to safeguard sustainable forest management.


The leather in the BMW i3 is 100% tanned with natural extracts of olive leaves. This has several advantages: olive leaves are otherwise just a by-product of olive farming, and this puts them to good use. The tanning process itself is environmentally compatible and, last but not least, it preserves the intrinsic shine of the leather and its natural ability to regulate temperatures.

Green Energy.

With the BMW i3 it’s easy to make sustainability part of your everyday life. When not using its range extender, zero emissions at the point of use means less air pollution in urban areas. When you fill up with green power or generate your own electricity with solar panels, you get to enjoy totally emission-free mobility. And driving in ECO PRO mode cuts your power consumption and increases your driving range.
Zero-emission driving becomes even more sustainable when the electricity used to charge the battery is generated from renewables. For example, a green power contract with a company like Good Energy ensures your car only uses energy that is 100% sourced from wind farms and hydroelectric plants. So in all-electric driving mode, you’re travelling with absolutely no emissions. And, of course, our installation service will come and install your Wallbox and get everything up and running.
Added to which, in your BMW i3 you generate virtually no noise or odours, benefitting both yourself and your environment.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.6

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 with Range Extender:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 12
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11,3
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0,6

The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes select. Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. They are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions.ed.

Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific COemissions for new passenger cars can be obtained from the ‘The Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information) Regulations’ (see
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