The controversial BMW iX is a new generation of electric vehicles for the German automaker, but not only the car itself is green. BMW carried out a “well-to-wheel” energy analysis during the manufacture of the vehicle in order to make the car as socially responsible as possible from the point at which the raw materials were extracted.
The company has gone to great lengths to ensure that the resources have been collected with the environment, human rights and recyclability in mind. For example, the cobalt used in batteries is mined from non-conflict regions. BMW sources both cobalt and lithium itself and then passes the material on to its suppliers to ensure that they come from ethical reasons.
Perh’s largest concession is the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive electric motors. While most EV motors use magnets that require hard-to-break rare earth metals, BMW use electromagnetic fields, cutting off a potentially problematic supply chain. Of course, it doesn’t hurt BMW that its manufacture doesn’t depend on an item that may be difficult to find (see: Semiconductor Deficiency).
Even traditional materials like aluminum are sourced from a company in the UAE that uses partial solar energy to produce it. The electric wooden control panel of the iX consists of sustainably grown trees. Natural wood fibers are used to form part of the interior of Loft Stone Gray. And if you have to choose cowhide for your seats, the leather is treated with an extract from olive leaves obtained from pruning in olive groves instead of normal (and toxic) tanning agents.
Carpets and doormats use synthetic yarn made from recycled nylon, some of which is obtained from reclaimed fishing nets and residual waste from plastic manufacturing. According to BMW, recycled plastics produce 80% less CO2 than when using petroleum-based nylon. In addition, many parts of the vehicle, including the hood trim, door trim, bumper guides, front bumper trim, cable ducts, and tailgate trim, are made at least in part from recycled plastic. In total, 20% of the car’s plastic is recycled for a total of 132 pounds.
The sustainability efforts also extend to the actual production. According to BMW, more than 70% of the CO2 emissions from production could be saved from 2006 to 2019. By 2025, emissions will be reduced by a further 40%. Part of these savings result from the fact that only local hydropower is used in the production of the iX at BMW’s Dingolfing plant.
Upstream suppliers that BMW works with have also committed to using renewable energies.
The iX xDrive50 also implements many functions to save and recover energy during its service life. For example, if GPS is used, the car will increase the rate of regeneration of its 200 kWh battery as the car slows towards an intersection. If you take your foot off the pedal on a freeway, a coastline is triggered. When the GPS is turned off, you will still see notices that could cause the car to slow significantly, such as: B. switching on a blinker while coasting, and the regeneration initiated. There are quite a few other ways to guess your behavior with iDrive 8. Nevertheless, the iX xDrive50 is not a problem. BMW claims a 0-60 time of less than 5 seconds with an electronically controlled top speed of 124 mph.
The BMW iX xDrive50 is expected to hit the market in early 2022, but BMW will start taking orders from June this year. While the best way to save is likely to be to drive your old E28 until it crumbles, the iX can be a little less of a burden on your conscience when you need to have a new car.