CLUE: it’s not new. Not one bit.
In fact, it uses recycled materials and is fully recyclable.
Even the solid-state battery is constructed almost completely from recycled materials. At the same time, it will achieve a considerably higher energy density with significantly fewer of the eath’s most valuable resources.
This car is your BMW fleet car of the future.
Currently it’s a concept car to demonstrate BMW’s new circular vision to car build, where everything is recycled and can be recyled at end of use to lower the company’s carbon footprint.
Chris told us:
We gave thorough consideration to circularity from the outset during the design process for the BMW i Vision Circular. As a result, this Vision Vehicle is packed with innovative ideas for combining sustainability with a new, inspirational aesthetic – we call this approach ‘circular design’.
For example, there is no exterior paintwork – the body is made from secondary aluminium with a light-gold anodised finish.
The availability of ‘option as a service’ allows users to constantly update the car with over the air and cloud computing to keep the product technically up to date for longer.
And the vehicle’s life cycle can also be extended by refurbishing and re-design. Easily detachable connections make it far simpler for users to replace individual materials and component parts, allowing them to keep restyling the vehicle. Perhaps, for example, if the car was passed onto another employee as a company car.
Even the famous kidney grille and badge is rethought as digital lights. While the steering wheel is 3D printed.
So now you know: when you update your vehicle choice lists, the BMW for your employees might well have been their previous BMW fleet car.
But recycled into a new car: like the iVision Circular.