Another element of the holistic approach was the sustainable choice of materials – by way of example, the instrument panel cover and door panels are made of natural fibers. 80 percent of all surfaces visible to front passengers are made of recycled materials or renewable raw materials. BMW i is also thinking in that same direction when it comes to resources, so from 2021 its electric motors will use no rare earths and two-thirds less cobalt for the high-voltage batteries than originally used, while meeting the very highest social and environmental standards.
Initially, the BMW i3 had an optional range extender, i.e. an additional, gasoline-powered engine to increase the vehicle’s range. As the development of batteries progressed, this variant soon became surplus to requirements. And that, in its own way, brought BMW i another step closer to the goal of emissions-free mobility.
The BMW i3 can already be described as groundbreaking. The model has the same significance for BMW i as the 02 series had for BMW in the 1960s – it’s a milestone. The fact that the BMW i3 is still in production today speaks volumes for the concept of the car and the direction the BMW developers took back then. Not for nothing is the BMW i3 one of the best-selling premium electric cars in Europe.