BMW Testing Solar Carport for i8

By | May 08, 2014
Coinciding with the BMW i8 Los Angeles media launch, the automaker will also be presenting a solar carport concept. Combining high-grade technology for generating electricity from solar power, the new concept will complement the new hybrid sports car. Not only will this solar carport guarantee a steady supply of green power, it is also self-sufficient, making it a good alternative to other charging methods. The carport itself is created to be sustainable, made from carbon fiber and bamboo struts. To generate electricity, glass-on-glass solar modules have been implemented, and along with being translucent, they are very durable. "With the solar carport concept we opted for a holistic approach: not only is the vehicle itself sustainable, but so is its energy supply. 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 both visible and palpable," said Tom Allemann, the man responsible for the carport design at BMW Group Designworks USA, in a statement.
Regularly hooking up the BMW i8's battery to the i Wallbox optimizes the lifecycle of the battery, and also offers up a high degree of CO2-neutral usage. When fully charged, the i8 will be able to travel up to 22 miles in all-electric mode. Source: BMW