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Source: BMW Group Munich. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) is sustainably on the road to success – in both senses of the word. The fully electrically powered and therefore locally emission-free compact model is still in high demand almost seven years after its market launch. The 200,000th of this model rolled off the assembly line yesterday at the BMW plant in Leipzig – almost silently as always. The BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 14.6 – 14.0 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) with a paint finish in Fluid Black metallic and accents in BMW i Blue was produced for a customer from Saxony and is supplied by the BMW branch in Leipzig. The BMW i3 models with 125 kW / 170 PS and BMW i3s with 135 kW / 184 PS are produced in Leipzig on their own production line and by specially trained employees built for the entire world market. With the start of production in 2013, the Saxon plant has developed into a pioneer and competence center for sustainable mobility. The BMW i3 was the BMW Group’s first fully electrically powered mass-production model and also the company’s first vehicle with a passenger cell made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The life module made of CFRP is part of a BMW i-specific vehicle architecture designed for electric mobility from the start. It is formed in Leipzig from carbon fiber fabrics and joined using a unique process developed by the BMW Group. This is followed by the combination with the drive module, the aluminum chassis that carries the drive, chassis and high-voltage battery. State-of-the-art manufacturing processes ensure that body construction and assembly of the BMW i3 in Leipzig only require around half of the production time required for conventional vehicles. BMW i3 as an innovation driver for electric mobility and lightweight construction. The success of the BMW i3 and the experience gained with its development and production have significantly spurred progress in the fields of electromobility and lightweight construction. The BMW i brand thus became the future workshop for the entire company. The drive of the BMW i3s now also provides the MINI Cooper SE (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) pure electric driving fun. In addition, the gross energy content of the high-voltage storage system was almost doubled from 22.6 to 42.2 kWh at the beginning, with the battery size unchanged. The range of the BMW i3 increased to 285 to 310 kilometers in the WLTP test cycle. Numerous innovations based on the know-how acquired with the BMW i3 were also achieved in the areas of drive, power electronics and charging technology. The fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology is now ready for series production. Among other things, it is used in the BMW Group’s new technology flagship, the BMW iNEXT, which will be produced in the BMW Group’s Dingolfing plant from 2021 with components from the BMW Group’s Landshut plant. The high-tech material CFRP is now making a contribution to intelligent lightweight construction in the BMW 7 Series, among other things. Leipzig as a future location: Battery module production will start in 2021. The BMW Leipzig plant will continue to make a significant contribution to the expansion of electromobility in the future. The site will be part of the BMW Group’s international production network for battery modules as early as 2021. The BMW Group will invest more than 100 million euros in building up the production of battery modules in Leipzig by 2022. In the future, the lithium-ion cells delivered there will also be assembled into standardized modules in a highly automated process. These are then mounted together with the connections to the vehicle, the control units and the cooling units in a model-specific aluminum housing. By 2022, more than 150 employees will be working in battery module production in Leipzig, meaning that the expertise gathered at this location in the production of the BMW i3 will be used consistently for the production of electrified vehicles in Germany. The BMW plant in Leipzig, in which, in addition to the BMW i3, also models of the BMW 1 and BMW 2 series with conventional and plug-in hybrid drives, will be even more comprehensive for the “Power of Choice” approach in the model strategy The BMW i3 was developed as a revolutionary new vehicle concept for individual mobility in metropolitan areas. A pioneer in premium electromobility in the city and for a holistic understanding of sustainability. With it, the BMW Group has given significant impetus for the change in the area of inner-city traffic, which has also inspired other automobile manufacturers to devote themselves increasingly to electric mobility. Today, the BMW i3 is not only still the best-selling premium automobile in its segment, but also a globally known symbol of locally emission-free driving in the city and in commuting between home and work. ADAC) from 2019, customers benefit not only from ecological, but also from significant economic advantages. According to the calculations, the total costs for a BMW i3 or BMW i3s are on average around 20 percent lower than for a BMW model with a combustion engine that is comparable in terms of engine power and equipment. All expenses for the acquisition, operation and depreciation of the vehicles with a holding period of five years and a total distance traveled of 75,000 kilometers were taken into account. As a result of the increased government subsidy for electrified vehicles, the lead of the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s in terms of economy has actually grown. In addition, the BMW i3 stands for a new understanding of premium mobility that goes beyond the purely electric drive is strongly characterized by sustainability. Its roof is made from recycled CFRP at the BMW plant in Leipzig. The painting of its plastic outer skin is done with a 75 percent reduction in energy consumption and 70 percent less water consumption than conventional processes. 25 percent of the materials used for the thermoplastic outer parts are either recycled or made from renewable resources. A high proportion of renewable raw materials and recycling materials is also used in the interior. The production of the BMW i3 at the BMW plant in Leipzig is 100 percent CO2-neutral. Wind turbines on the factory premises provide the electricity required for production. The excellent eco-balance of the BMW i3 was confirmed by an ISO certificate issued by independent auditors as soon as it was launched. To this end, experts from TÜV Süd analyzed all relevant data and evaluations from which the environmental balance sheet of the BMW i3 was derived for the entire vehicle life cycle from raw material extraction and production to use and recycling. Accordingly, the use of energy from the EU-25 electricity mix resulted in a global warming potential of around 30 percent compared to comparable vehicles with conventional drives. When operated exclusively with renewable energy, for example with wind or solar power, the CO2 footprint was even more than 50 percent lower.
The information on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption is determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method VO (EU) 2007/715 in the currently applicable version. The information relates to a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size and the optional special equipment and can change during configuration. The information has already been determined on the basis of the new WLTP test cycle and for comparability Recalculated to the NEDC. For these vehicles, other values than those given here may apply to the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also) based on CO2 emissions. Guide to the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new passenger vehicles’, which is available at all sales outlets at Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and is available free of charge at https://www.dat.de/co2/.
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