With the unveiling of the new Mini Electric at the IAA 2019 motor show, BMW is continuing to push its sustainable mobility message.
The EV model, which will be produced at Plant Oxford alongside standard Mini variants, borrows a significant portion of its powertrain from the i3, according to Wieland Bruch, spokesperson for corporate and intergovernmental affairs at the German carmaker.
“The Mini Electric uses a smaller battery pack, but it’s the same battery technology from the i3. The motor is the same,” he said.
The sharing of technology across models plays into BMW’s wider sustainability strategy. Bruch said that a further part of this was the decision to use carbon fibre across the i3 and i8 models.
“Producing carbon fibre strand in Moses Lake [Washington state, in the US], shipping the product and producing the CF material in Germany, this is more sustainable than using plastic.”
He added that BMW is committed to assessing the environmental impact of its vehicles, including material choices, from well to wheel.
Bruch believes that this will become a future requirement for carmakers in Europe, but BMW is already implementing full assessment of vehicle impact, from raw material sourcing through to ELV vehicle recycling.
To that end, he noted that 20% of the plastic parts used across the i3 are made from recycled plastic. Also, while EU standards require a 50% recyclability rate for batteries, BMW has reached a 90% recyclability rate and is looking to reach 95%.
Look for more on vehicle sustainability and ELV recycling in the November/December 2019 issue of PRW.