Today BMW announced a recently received ISO certificate verifies its i3’s cradle-to-grave environmental footprint accounts for around 30-50-percent fewer greenhouse gases than conventional cars.
The ISO certificate 14040/14044 confirms the i3 – to be officially launched Nov. 16 – meets very rigid and stringent international standards, and beyond an inherently clean electric drive system, it assesses in closer detail the manufacturing processes for the car and recyclability of materials for post-consumer use.
Items included in the analysis are such things as olive-leaf extract-tanned leather, wood that’s been “environmentally refined” from certified European-cultivated stock, and use of natural fibers in the instrument panel and the door panels.
Other materials utilized that are said to be environmentally sustainable are carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), other plastics, and aluminum – of which the chassis is also made.
BMW says 100-percent of the energy required to manufacture the carbon fibers is locally generated from hydropower. And, electricity for i-series cars at its Leipzig plant also comes solely from renewable sources.
“The sustainability targets defined for BMW i automobiles have attained the same status as cost or weight criteria in the course of the development process,” said Ulrich Kranz, senior vice president BMW i. “Every single component and each individual process stage has been accurately reviewed and analyzed by us from the perspective of sustainability. This road route took us to a lot of innovative and pioneering solutions.”
Lessons learned with the i-series are expected to trickle into the rest of BMW’s lineup to “further intensify the BMW Group’s long-term strategic commitment towards ecological, economical and social sustainability.”
BMW actually gave a reasonably lengthy press release displaying pride over what it’s presenting as fastidious attention to environmental detail all the way through in its electric car series.
The company speaks of a “holistic approach” in its high-tech cars that are also said to be good for the planet.
“For the first time in the history of the BMW Group, we already defined sustainable targets for a newly designed vehicle over the entire value chain during the early strategic phase,” explained Kranz. “The inspection looked at the entire life cycle from extraction of raw materials and manufacture, through usage to recycling, in order to take account of all environmental aspects. The fact that this approach and its results are now being verified by a neutral agency demonstrates that we have adopted a pioneering roadmap.”