will globally launch the BMW i8 in Los Angeles. It will also be presenting a solar
carport concept developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA for the use of renewable
energy. It combines high-grade technology for generating electricity from solar
power with an innovative design that perfectly complements the BMW i models,
said a company report.
addition to the carbon elements on the side of the carport, the principal
material used is bamboo in the form of struts. Thanks to its rapid growth,
bamboo is considered a particularly sustainable raw material. For the
generation of electricity, high-grade glass-on-glass solar modules are used.
These are translucent and very durable, as well as generating a high energy
yield. For the panels used in Europe, the manufacturer offers a 30-year
solar carport not only guarantees the supply of green power but furthermore
allows for energy self-sufficiency, so that customers remain independent of
electricity prices. In conjunction with the BMW i Wallbox Pro, the car can be
specifically charged with solar electricity from the carport. The Wallbox also
indicates the amount of solar energy that goes into the car and provides an
analysis of recent charging processes which shows the respective proportions of
solar and grid power. If the solar panels provide energy beyond the
requirements of the vehicle, this surplus solar power can be put to domestic use.
private electricity with the aid of solar collectors and feeding this CO2-free
energy via the BMW i Wallbox into the vehicle’s high-voltage battery further
optimises of the life cycle assessment of the BMW i models. 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
kilometres (22 miles) in all-electric mode.
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