We’re excited to see whether it’s a good concept car, just because even if it turns out bad, it wouldn’t be trash. The i Vision is supposed to be 100% recyclable!
BMW i Vision Circular is so green it’s recyclable
The name “Circular” comes from the idea of a "circular economy”. It’s basically the opposite of planned obsolescence. Instead of making products that get replaced all the time, raw materials are continuously remade into new products that reduce waste.
Green Car Reports, BMW hopes to reduce lifecycle carbon-dioxide emissions 40% by 2030.
To achieve this, BMW is currently researching natural fibers to find a replacement for plastic.
As for the upholstery, the company talked about using a combination of synthetic leather, recycled polyester, and cork. All of these materials would reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 50% compared to BMW’s current PVC leatherette upholstery.
Ambitiously, BMW also claimed they could use synthetic textiles that are not only made from 100% recycled material, but also recyclable themselves.
All of these green ideas come together to form BMW’s i Vision Circular concept.
Car and Driverreported on the i Vision’s snazzy and crystalline look. Most of the car is built from recycled aluminum with a gold finish. The colors morph into a deep blue at the end, making for a striking design.
Inside, the steering wheel is 3D printed, with a unique gem-like appearance. Again, the BMW concept car is 100% recyclable, including the battery!
Wherever BMW could use bonded connections and composite materials, it opted for replacements that would be easier to break down and recycle.
All in all, a very admirable and sustainable vision for the future. The real question will just be, when the car launches around 2040, will it really be as good as it sounds now?
i Vision for the future
Much like how Audi has plans for electrification within the next decade, BMW plans to make at least half of their global sales for the main brand electric. The BMW Mini will even be electric-only.
The BMW press release also said that for the sake of further emissions reductions, the company is also looking at sustainable materials.
Apparently, the automaker is also investigating recycled plastic and what is called “bioplastic”. These would replace newly-manufactured petroleum-based plastic, which is worse for the environment.
BMW said it is working with BASF and the ALBA Group on the goal of increasing use of recycled plastics in cars.
As emission regulations become stricter and climate change worsens, it’s more important than ever for car companies to adapt their strategies and prepare ways to manage emissions.
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