BMW& s new i3 electric carbon car The Operations Room

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Three weeks ago, I had the to visit one branch of my extended and BMW Welt (BMW World), the customer experience and exhibition of the BMW AG, located in Munich, Germany. BMW Welt is the second most tourist destination around after Neuschwanstein Castle inspired Disneylands Sleeping Castle. If you like architecture or you should visit BMW Welt.

OK, but this is the Operations Room, so else is worth knowing? It out that this month, BMW selling in Germany its long-awaited i3 USA will have to wait 2014) and here s some pictures to highlight three

While instantly recognizable the signature kidney. the i3 brings innovations:

The i3 is an electric car with motor in the rear. (My cousin Zoe is

The i3 is an an electric car with electric in the rear. If you look carefully at the (and if you are familiar with sports equipment like rackets and race bicycles), you notice the bigger innovation: is the first carbon-fiber car that is (Can t say mass produced! ) after airplanes like the 787, carbon fiber is to automobiles!

Carbon fiber is and stronger than aluminum and but more expensive. To bring down, BMW employs a global chain that gets raw from a joint venture in produces carbon fibers in Lake, WA, at another JV (SGL Carbon Fibers), which are transported to Germany for carbon plate forming and finally to the new plant in Leibzig:

The factory takes a polyacrylonitrile precursor created in Otake, by another JV involving Mitsubishi (MRC) and SGL Group. Moses turns the polyacrylic fibers carbon fibers. The PAN filaments are at 450 degrees, turning golden then black.

Then they’re carbonized in two oven steps, at 1,300 and 2,550 degrees. Each is controlled to prevent the filaments catching fire or burning; nitrogen gas is injected into the ovens.


The conversion into fibers is energy intensive supposedly, Moses Lake has electricity at 1/8th the price of in Germany. This also the company to market this as a car

The weight savings of carbon were necessary to make up for the weight of the massive battery retaining the sportiness of a BMW. brings us to the last picture is a beautiful example of modular (1) a standard platform with chassis and the battery and electric and (2) the cabin in carbon fiber can be customized.

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