BMW’s new study vehicle, the four-meter, four-seat i Vision Circular, is made using recycled and recyclable materials. The company already makes its cars from 30% recycled and recycled materials, but plans to gradually increase this percentage to 50% in the future.
The study car, which also advertises the circular economy on its behalf, looks further, achieving a completely closed cycle of raw materials, that is, it is made of 100 percent recycled and 100 percent recyclable materials.
This also applies to the car battery. Solid-state battery technology is a more energy-intensive and fully recyclable energy storage system made from recycled materials, and treats scarce natural resources sparingly and responsibly.
During the design and production process, the eco-friendly approach prevailed in four points: rethinking the material composition and parts manufacturing process, reducing the number of parts where possible, simplifying systems, and eliminating energy-intensive or environmentally unfriendly factors such as body paint, leather upholstery or chrome plating. . What could be reused (for this purpose, for example, the connections connecting components were standardized and simplified), and what was not reused, was recycled.
On the one hand, the grille mask frame forms an integral part of the headlights, and on the other hand, it also serves as a digital interface – it is, by the way, the only decorative element of the car that does not fly out of it. Only the chrome plating has been omitted but the logos have been omitted as well. Instead of painting, the anodized metal surface provides an aesthetic experience.
The area under both the bumper and windshield is made of recycled materials – the former is made of plastic, the latter is made of aluminum. Tires are made of natural rubber from a sustainable source, in which recycled rubber particles are mixed. The plywood design on the one hand requires minimal material consumption and on the other hand, results in efficient brake cooling.
Apart from the grille, the rear side window curtain, Hofmeister-kink, can help to identify the brand of the car, the dimensions of which are far from not only BMW, but also all other vehicles known today.
In the minimalist cabin, the seating more resembles an armchair and sofa, with the upholstery attached to the frame with a simple rope. The dashboard is a crystal-like sculpture sandwiched between wooden elements that appears to embody the car’s brain. The bottom of the windshield acts as a display, and all the electronic components of the door are placed in one unit, making it easy to remove and recycle.
Each seat was given its own speakers, which simplifies the issue of volume and sound control as there is no need to think about the cabin as a whole.
Of course, like a modern electric vehicle, the BMW i Vision Circular is not only able to draw electricity from the grid, but can also return it there, as a perfect implementation of the circuit, and efficient transmission is supported by two-way communication with networked vehicles.
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