BMW i8 is about to make its debut soon, while the i3 is been launched in most of the European countries. Now, to spruce up the demand of these new plug-in BMW hybrid cars, the Bavarian carmaker is slated to roll out a solar carport concept at the launch of i8 in Los Angeles.
Designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the carport uses solar panel to mould in the renewable source of energy and break it into the electric energy that goes subtle with the circuit of BMW i-Series automobiles.
High-grade glass-on-glass solar modules for the generation of electricity, carbon elements and bamboo are the components used in the development of carport. Confirming their assurance, BMW said, “These (raw materials) are translucent and very durable, as well as generating a high energy yield.”
The manufacturer offers a 30-year guarantee for the panels used in Europe.
Divulging other details, the carport doesn’t only charges the car, but it also feed itself to be self-sufficient. It means, the excess energy from the panel after the car is charged can also be used for the domestic or household purpose.
BMW i Wallbox Pro installed the car can be specifically charged with solar electricity from the carport.
“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, the responsible personnel for carport design at 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.”