BMW i: Sustainability


Sustainability and BMW i.

Reinventing mobility with sustainability at its heart takes more than just a vision. There is a lot to consider - starting with the question: where does sustainability begin? The answer: in the same place as it ends.

Sustainability characterizes BMW Group's approach. Which is why we are the Dow Jones Sustainability Index leader for the eighth year running, chosen as the most sustainable company in the automotive industry once again. With BMW EfficientDynamics, we have set ourselves the goal of continually reducing emissions while increasing driving pleasure. BMW i uses innovative BMW EfficientDynamics technologies but goes even further: from design to production, from the useful life of the vehicle to its disposal, every detail is based on sustainability. We believe sustainability is an attitude that doesn't have a beginning or an end. 

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The aim of developing the BMW i range is not simply to build sustainable cars. It is designed to use the maximum possible sustainably-produced and recycled materials inside and out. The interior of the BMW i3 sets a new standard, making sustainability tangible.

Another milestone is the innovative LifeDrive car architecture, with its carbon fiber passenger cell and aluminium drive module. These combine to reduce its weight significantly and optimize the car's range.


Sustainable Resources


The BMW Group has topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index every year since 2005 as the world's most sustainable automotive manufacturer. This has driven us to continue to set new standards. The energy-intensive carbon fiber manufacturing process was set up in Moses Lake, USA, where it uses 'clean' energy from one of the world's largest hydroelectric power plants-the Grand Coulee Dam. The BMW i plant in Leipzig is also fully-powered by four specially-constructed wind turbines. We have also reduced energy consumption in the Leipzig plant by 50%, and water consumption by up to 70%.*

*compared with the industry-leading BMW average.

Daily use.

To make these electric cars extremely agile and remarkably efficient, an intelligent cooling system keeps the battery at its optimal operating temperature at all times. BMW i drivers can also activate exceptionally economical driving modes at the push of a button, which can extend the car's range by up to 25% over the standard mode*.

The i3 with Range Extender incorporates a highly efficient petrol engine that acts as a generator that can deliver up to 86 miles more range

on one tank of fuel, should your battery run low. The i3's built-in timer helps drivers charge their car in the most responsible way - at night, when renewable energy is a much higher proportion of the supply and demand is at its lowest.

*Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions, calculated in an internal BMW power consumption study.



How can electric components be recycled most efficiently? By reusing them. There are many ways to repurpose the high-performance lithium ion high-voltage battery from a BMW i at the end of its life in the car. For example, it can be easily and effectively adapted as an intermediate power store in solar or wind power systems, something we are already doing.

BMW i is also a pioneer in the processing and recycling of carbon fiber. Remnants from carbon fiber production and carbon fiber components are valuable materials that we channel back into the production process or reuse in other areas.

But even that's not enough, so we've designed 95% of the materials used to produce a BMW i3 to be completely recyclable.