Electric Vehicles

BMW Designs Solar Carport Concept

May 08, 2014

Photo courtesy of BMW.
Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW recently showcased a solar carport concept that combines innovative solar-panel technology to generate electricity for its i3 and i8 models. The concept, created by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, was designed to match the look of the new all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Touting both a supply of green power and energy self-sufficiency for owners, the carport would work in conjunction with the BMW i Wallbox Pro charager. The glass-on-glass solar modules of the carport are supported by bamboo and carbon elements to "reflect the hallmark lines and surface sculpting of the BMW i automobiles," according to the automaker.

“With the solar carport concept we opted for a holistic approach: not only is the vehicle itself sustainable, but so is its energy supply,” said Tom Allemeier from BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “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.”

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