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BMW Group and Designworks USA develops a solar carport concept

BMW Group and Designworks USA develops a  solar carport concept image

Text: / Photos: BMW Press | posted May 20, 2014 14:41

Green energy for the BMW i models

BMW and Designworks USA have  come up with a solar carport concept that makes maximizes the potential use of the sun's energy. The automaker says it combines high-grade technology for generating electricity from solar power that complements the BMW i models.

The choice of materials, design and color of the solar carport concept takes its cue from the styling of the BMW i models to form a harmonious counterpart.

The holistic sustainability concept is underlined by the materials used in the construction of the carport and by its solar modules.

The solar carport concept

Other than the carbon elements on the side of the carport, the principal material used is bamboo in the form of struts.

For the generation of electricity, high-grade glass-on-glass solar modules are used.

With the BMW i Wallbox Pro, the vehicle can be charged with solar electricity from the carport. Moreover, the Wallbox indicates the amount of solar energy that goes into the car and provides an analysis of recent charging processes.

BMW says that if the solar panels provide energy beyond the requirements of the vehicle, the surplus solar power can be put to domestic use.