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BMW Designworks USA unveiled the i solar carport concept

BMW Designworks USA unveiled the i solar carport concept

BMW Designworks USA unveiled the i solar carport concept
May 10
08:30 2014

BMW DesignworksUSA has revealed a couple of days ago a unique and impressive i solar carport concept. As you imagine, the new carport was designed for use with the i3 and i8 eco-friendly models. The i solar carport concept is an eco-friendly construction which features renewable bamboo wood support, carbon fiber side panels and “high-grade glass-on-glass solar modules” which are able to generate electricity.

The power flows through a BMW i Wallbox Pro system which is able to show the amount of solar energy that goes into the car and also can provide an analysis of the charging processes.

“Regularly hooking up the high-voltage battery to the Wallbox connected to the solar carport enables a high degree of CO2-neutral usage of the BMW i8. With a fully charged high-voltage battery, the plug-in hybrid sports car has a range of around 37 kilometers (22 miles) in all-electric mode”, is said in the official statement.

If the sun isn’t up the charger can also access the electrical grid to ensure the models are recharged and ready to go.

“With the solar carport concept we opted for a holistic approach: not only is the vehicle itself sustainable, but so is its energy supply. This is therefore an entirely new generation of carports that allows energy to be produced in a simple and transparent way”, said project leader Tom Allemann.

 

Via | BMW

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