Sustainability isn't just a word for BMW i; it's the highest guiding principle. Therefore, the entire life cycle of the BMW i3 is structured around maximum resource conservation and sustainability.
The entire vehicle design was developed for electric mobility. While innovative aerodynamic measures reduce air resistance and energy consumption, sustainable and recycled materials protect the environment and replace traditional materials such as plastics.
The carbon fibres used for the BMW i3 are manufactured entirely with hydroelectric power. Manufacturing at the BMW plant in Leipzig, Germany, is powered entirely with wind energy. Compared to the other BMW models, only half of the energy needed for production is required.
With the BMW i3 you will produce zero driving emissions or odours, thus reducing the air pollution in cities. More importantly, it's easy to charge with "green energy" or to generate energy with your own solar panels. The ECO PRO mode increases range and reduces energy consumption.
The BMW i3 is 95% recyclable. The battery module can be re-used as a storage receptacle for solar energy and the surplus carbon fibres can be returned to the production process.
The extensive use of kenaf replaces petroleum-based plastics and reduces the weight of the BMW i3. This is because the kenaf fibres are up to 30% lighter than conventional material. They are harvested from malva plants, which convert CO2 into oxygen at an above-average rate.
The wool used is a renewable resource with a high level of comfort, used in the seat coverings in the interior design Lodge. The breathable wool blend regulates the temperature between the body and the seat surface in such a way that the seat remains cool at high temperatures.
Eucalyptus has a natural silky grip and a natural pore structure, therefore, it requires about 90% less surface processing than conventional types of wood. The eucalyptus wood used in one of the interior trims come from plantations that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which ensures sustainable forestry practices.
Also available is a Dark Oak trim, as displayed in the image.
The leather in the BMW i3 is tanned entirely with the natural extract of olive leaves in an environmentally friendly manner. This allows the leather to retain its natural shine and its temperature-balancing character. In addition, after the olive harvest, the olive leaves are left as waste; they can be sensibly used for this purpose.