BMW Group DesignworksUSA develops a solar carport concept


The portfolio of BMW group on zero emission cars started when they began selling BMW i3 on the international market and sold the first BMW i8 cars on the 5th of June 2014

The carport is designed in tune with BMW i cars to form a harmonious counterpart. The sustainability concept the carport is based on, is underlined by the materials used in the construction and by its solar modules. Not only carbon elements are used, that is only on the side of the carport, but the principal element is bamboo in the form of struts. Due to its fast growth, it is considered a sustainable raw material. Also are used high-grade glass-on-glass solar modules. They are translucent and very durable, and also they generate a high energy yield. For the panels used in EU, the manufacturer offers a 30-year guarantee

The carport lets the owner not only to have a supply of electric power but also independence of electricity prices. As well as the BMW I Wallbox Pro, the car can be charged with electricity from the carport. The solar energy can be controlled and stored due to the Wallbox, that shows how much energy is required, but if there is a surplus it can be put to the domestic use.

Generating private electricity with the help of solar collectors and feeding this CO2-free energy through the BMW i Wallbox into the vehicle’s high-voltage battery further optimizes  the life cycle assessment of the BMW i models. With a fully charged high-voltage battery, the plug in hybrid has a range of approximately 37km (22 miles) in all-electric mode.

The carport presents an interplay between the vehicle design and architecture. The support for the glass-on-glass modules are exclusive and authentic, they reflect hallmark lines and surface sculpting of the BMW I automobiles. “With the solar carport concept we opted for a holistic approach: not only is the vehicle itself sustainable, but so is its energy supply,” explains Tom Allemann, responsible for the carport design at BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “This is therefore an entirely new generation of carports that allows energy to be produced in a simple and transparent way. It renders the overarching theme of lightweight design

The BMW Group headquartered in California runs an international design studio network in Europe, Asia and America.



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