Global – BMW has launched the series version of its i3 electric car – with 25% of the plastic used in its interior derived from recycled material or renewable resources, according to the German auto giant.
Unveiled simultaneously in New York, London and Beijing last week, the vehicle’s passenger compartment is constructed of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) over an aluminium chassis.
In the course of its development the company devised what it claimed to be ‘the first recycling concept of its kind worldwide for CFRP components, body parts and sorted production waste that was suitable for series production’. BMW’s chairman Norbert Reithofer comments: ‘Innovation drives change. The i3 is more than just a car. It’s a revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility. It is purpose-built around an electric power train to serve the needs of our megacity customers.’
Source: European Plastics News
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