BMW SUSTAINABILITY

CIRCULARITY & RESOURCE CONSERVATION.

INTRO

CIRCULAR ECONOMY CAN CONSERVE RESOURCES.

Conserving resources is one of our goals. Just like using raw materials as considerately, as often and as long as possible. Our goal is a circular economy. With respect for the world and good ideas for our sustainability.

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CIRCULAR APPROACH

Circular approach.

Our approach to car production is built upon 4 pillars – re:think, re:use, re:duce and re:cycle. It’s about extending the value of our products, using fewer resources and returning materials back into the production loop, rather than disposing of them. Read more about the circular economy here.

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BATTERY RECYCLING

Battery recycling.

Learn more about our battery recycling process here.

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END-OF-LIFE VEHICLES

End-of-life vehicles.

It’s important to us to consider what happens to our cars when they reach the end of their life, doing all we can to recover valuable materials and place them back into the production cycle. Read more about end-of-life vehicles here.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

DISCOVER THE POWER OF CIRCULARITY.

The responsible handling of resources plays a key role for the BMW Group.

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THE BMW i VISION CIRCULAR.

RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE. The BMW i Vision Circular is conceived fully in line with our principles of the circular economy. The compact, fully electric Vision vehicle with a focus on sustainability and luxury thus offers a fascinating look ahead into the future.

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AUTOMOTIVE PAINTS MADE FROM BIOMASS.

The paint shops in the European BMW Group owned plants use matt-finish paints that are not produced from crude oil, but instead from regenerative raw materials such as biological waste.

BATTERY LIFE CYCLE

PHASES IN THE LIFE OF A BATTERY CELL.

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Development.

In the Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre in Munich, the BMW Group is conducting research into the ideal chemical composition for the cells in a lithium-ion battery cell. This involves subjecting the constituent parts of cathode, anode, separator and electrolyte to a sophisticated development process.

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Use in vehicle.

Some electric vehicles are able to achieve the same mileage as their combustion counterparts.

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Second Life.

We use state-of-the-art lithium-ion high-performance batteries in our vehicles, which can be used for many years to come as stationary storage (in battery farms for example) before it enters the recycling process.

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Recycling.

The raw materials of the battery cell can be reprocessed. In the Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre in Parsdorf ourside of Munich, the BMW Group is developing the recycling of secondary raw materials for the next generation of battery cells. This marks the end of the life cycle for the battery cell – and it can then start all over again.