MUNICH, Germany—The BMW i Vision circular isn’t the company’s new new class. But the new concept, revealed this morning at IAA Mobility, explores the idea that the company says will inform that electric vehicle in 2025.
Not quite the way it looks, which is a shame because this compact one-box shape—described as the Cyber Twingo by a fellow journalist—is a refreshing break from the sizable SUV. Instead, it is the car’s approach to sustainability that BMW is going with—”circular” refers to the car’s lifecycle, which aims to use entirely recycled materials that result in a vehicle that is completely reusable. is also. Currently, BMW says that all of its brands (which include Mini and Rolls-Royce) already have 30 percent recycled and reused materials.
“The BMW i Vision circular illustrates our all-inclusive, mindful way of thinking when it comes to sustainable mobility. It embodies our ambition to be a leading force in the development of a circular economy,” said BMW Chairman Oliver Gipsey. “We lead the way for resource efficiency in production and we are seeking to extend this position to all stages of the vehicle life cycle. It is also a question of economic stability, as the current trend in commodity prices is clearly visible. Shows in-store financial results for any industry that relies on limited resources.”
Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Eye Vision removes the idea of circular painted bodywork. Instead, the car’s panels are made from recycled aluminum that has been anodized, and the bumpers are made from recycled plastic. BMW’s traditional kidney grille is no longer a physical thing, now replaced by a digital surface that also serves as headlights, and the car’s badge and logo are engraved or lasered rather than being physical pieces of trim. which is to be attached.
Creating a car that can be easily recycled requires BMW to rethink the way it is put together. Instead of gluing components together, it uses connectors like press studs and quick-release fasteners for things like seats and instrument panels. BMW designed the quick-release fastener—which you can see behind the seats—to be undone with a single rotation of a special tool. Even the steering wheel is 3D printed.
The car’s UI is probably the best clue that the concept envisions a 2040’s car, freeing it from using tech ready here or there. Forget the touchscreen—here you interact with the car’s systems via a 3D-printed crystal structure on the dash (or through the more traditional controls on the steering wheel). BMW says that “this is where the “thinking” of the vehicle is visualized, allowing the user to view its intelligence at work. There is also no main instrument display in front of the driver; rather, the Eye Vision circular windshield Project its display.
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