The BMW i Vision Circular.
The BMW i Vision Circular represents the BMW Group’s project to become the most sustainable manufacturer for individual premium mobility. Through the entire process of design, development and manufacture, the vision vehicle is conceived in line with the principles of the circular economy. The creative vision shows a view of a compact, fully electric vehicle with a focus on sustainability and luxury for the year 2040.
The Vision Vehicle is one of five different concept vehicles with which the BMW Group is presenting how it envisages individual urban mobility at the IAA Mobility 2021 event. Under a single umbrella spanning electric mobility, digitalisation and sustainability, the five pioneering concepts create a versatile mobility mix on two and four wheels fuelled by sustainable thinking, which comprehensively addresses an extremely wide range of mobility needs in the face of fast-changing requirements and growing challenges.
The BMW i Vision Circular is optimised for closed material cycles and has the goal of achieving 100 per cent recycled materials use / 100 per cent recyclability. Implementation of this fascinating vision is based on the application of our circular design principles: Re:think, Re:duce, Re:use and Re:cycle. This involves making particular use of materials that have already completed a product life cycle – or secondary materials as they are known – alongside certified bio-based raw materials. The same applies to the energy storage device: the all-solid-state battery in the BMW i Vision Circular is 100 per cent recyclable and manufactured almost entirely using materials sourced from the recycling loop. It will achieve much higher energy density with significantly reduced use of the most valuable resources.
The exterior design of the BMW i Vision Circular embodies an engaging aesthetic of sustainability. Its mono-volume comprises only a few parts, and the number of materials is reduced to a minimum. The design language is clear and accessible. Pure materials and their simple surface finishes create a modern and luxurious feel.
Inside, the BMW i Vision Circular seeks to create a luxurious ambience, employing materials and production processes that are indicative of a responsible approach to the environment and its resources.