15 June marks National Clean Air Day, which is an event aimed at raising awareness about what causes air pollution, the impacts of it and what needs to be done to combat it.
WHAT CAUSES AIR POLLUTION?
Air pollution can be caused by lots of the things we do on a daily basis. A few examples of activities that contribute to this are: keeping the car on when in traffic or stationary, using the car for short journeys instead of walking, keeping warm during the winter with a wood-burning stove etc.
IT'S ALL IN THE SCIENCE.
Without getting too scientific, air pollution is primarily caused by carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ground level ozone, particulates, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons and lead. They all affect us in different ways and display different behaviours, which can be hard to determine. What we need to do is look at the things that we can do to make a difference.
IT'S A RAPIDLY INCREASING PROBLEM.
To help slow down the rate at which air pollution is increasing, we have reduced the amount of energy required to produce our vehicles through the installation of wind turbines to enable green power manufacturing. 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 product a BMW i3.
IT HARMS THE HEALTH OF MILLIONS.
It's imperative to improve air quality by reducing CO₂ and NOx emissions, which is why we have reduced emissions by 50% in BMW i CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) production compared to conventional CFRP production.
CHILDREN ARE IMPACTED MORE.
Supporting initiatives that educate children in future sustainability is vital. That's why BMW recently supported an electric car challenge hosted by the Greenpower Education Trust whereby students – guided by their teachers and an industry mentor – had to design, build and then race an electric car.
Production of BMW i models in Leipzig are setting benchmarks in sustainable production. 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.
BMW EfficientDynamics is BMW's strategy to minimise fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions while increasing dynamics and driving pleasure. Technologies such as Auto-Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Electric Power Steering are included standard across the range, while models benefit from BMW EfficientLightweight construction.
STRATEGY NUMBER ONE > NEXT.
As we work to reduce the CO₂ emissions of our vehicle fleet, electro-mobility will play a significant role in helping to reduce air pollution. Our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT underlines our strong commitment to electrified drivetrains and we will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series. To date, we have already sold more than 100,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. We aim to achieve this same figure in 2017 alone. In this way, we are helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improving air quality.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Joining the electric movement is becoming a preferred option for many car drivers - in 2016, more than 80,000 people in the UK bought low-polluting cars, including electric or hybrid vehicles - and it's no surprise why. Certain models - including the BMW i3 - are exempt from the London Congestion Charge and all BMW models have BMW EfficientDynamics technologies included as standard. This means you can save money, whilst reducing air pollution on the roads.
THE BMW i3.
Here at BMW, we're proud that the BMW i3 is taking on the challenge of reducing air pollution with its zero tailpipe emissions. Our iPerformance range is also designed to reduce emissions. BMW has pledged to continue our efforts in reducing emissions with our BMW i and iPerformance ranges, without compromising the driving precision and quality that makes the BMW 'The Ultimate Driving Machine'.