SOLAR CARPORT

| 2014-05-07 | 0 Comments

With the all-electric BMW i3 already on the market and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car poised for its own launch, the BMW Group portfolio boasts the world’s first premium automobiles purpose-designed for zero-emission mobility.

BMW_Solar_Carport_4The international media launch of the BMW i8 in Los Angeles include the presentation of a solar carport concept developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA for the use of renewable energy.

BMW_Solar_Carport_1During development of the solar carport concept, the spotlight was firmly on the harmonious interplay between vehicle design and architecture. The glass-on-glass solar modules of the carport are supported by exclusively designed bamboo and carbon elements that authentically reflect the hallmark lines and surface sculpting of the BMW i automobiles. On the side of the carport, the principal material used is bamboo in the form of struts. Thanks to its rapid growth, bamboo is considered a particularly sustainable raw material.

BMW_Solar_Carport_5The solar carport not only guarantees the supply of green power, but furthermore allows for energy self-sufficiency, so that customers remain independent of electricity prices. In conjunction  with the BMW i Wallbox Pro, the car can be specifically charged with solar electricity from the carport. The Wallbox also indicates the amount of solar energy that goes into the car and provides an analysis of recent charging processes which shows the respective proportions of solar and grid power. If the solar panels provide energy beyond the requirements of the vehicle, this surplus solar power can be put to domestic use.

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