BMW i3 Sustainability



It takes more than just low-emission motoring to drive sustainable change. So when we designed the BMW i3 and its production facilities, we did so with a focus on sustainability from start to finish. So the driving pleasure you experience at the wheel of your BMW i3 is fully sustainable.

From the earliest stages of the development process we geared the entire vehicle concept to efficient and sustainable electric mobility. Wherever possible renewable and recycled materials help protect the environment and replace conventional materials such as plastic.

BMW i3 Sustainability


Sustainability at BMW i is not simply just a word. It is our supreme guiding principle. This is why we have designed the entire life cycle of the BMW i3 in line with the principle of maximum conservation of resources and sustainability.

BMW i3 Development


  • The entire vehicle concept was developed with e-mobility in mind, from the bottom up
  • Innovative aerodynamics reduce air resistance and so minimise energy consumption
  • Renewable and recycled materials help protect the environment and replace conventional materials such as plastic
BMW i3 Production


  • The carbon fibre is produced with 100% water power
  • Production of the BMW i3 in Leipzig is 100% powered by wind energy
  • The energy required in production has been halved compared to the already low energy consumption of other BMW models
BMW i3


  •  If it is not using its range extender, it generates zero emissions while driving. This reduces air pollution in urban areas
  • When you drive the BMW i3, you hear and smell practically nothing
  • The ECO PRO mode increases the range of the car and cuts electricity consumption
BMW i3 Recycling



  • Up to 95% of the BMW i3 is recyclable
  • For example, the battery modules can be re-used to store solar energy
  • Excess carbon fibres can be re-introduced to the production process


Sustainable materials.

BMW i3 Components


Using kenaf for larger interior surfaces allows us to substitute petroleum-based plastics and reduce the overall weight of the BMW i3, because kenaf fibres are up to 30% lighter than conventional materials. This extremely lightweight material is extracted from the mallow plant, which converts an above-average volume of CO2 to oxygen as it grows.

BMW i3 Seats


A renewable material that offers a high level of comfort is certified pure new wool. In the Lodge interior design package, this accounts for 40% of the material in the seat covers. The wool blend is breathable, helping to regulate the temperature between the seat cover and the occupant. As a result, the seats remain pleasantly cool, even on hot days.

BMW i3 Interior


Eucalyptus is naturally resistant to moisture. That means it needs around 90% less surface finishing than more traditional types of wood. As it is processed without chemicals, the soft texture and natural open pores of the wood remain intact. Eucalyptus are one of the fastest-growing species of tree in existence, which makes eucalyptus ideal for mass production. All wood in the BMW i3 is sourced from 100% FSC-certified forestry, helping to safeguard sustainable forest management.

BMW i3 Leather


The leather in the BMW i3 is 100% tanned with natural extracts of olive leaves. This has several advantages: olive leaves are otherwise just a by-product of olive farming, and this puts them to good use. The tanning process itself is environmentally compatible and, last but not least, it preserves the intrinsic shine of the leather and its natural ability to regulate temperatures.

Sustainable production


At our production plant in Leipzig we have installed wind turbines to enable us to manufacture the BMW i3 with green power. Even compared to the low energy requirements for the production of other BMW models, we have managed to halve the amount of energy required to produce a BMW i3.

The carbon fibres from which the BMW i3’s ultralight passenger cell is made are produced with energy generated entirely from renewables: the power comes from one of the world’s largest hydroelectric plants at Moses Lake, 186 miles east of Seattle.

BMW i3 Green Energy


With the BMW i3 it’s easy to make sustainability part of your everyday life. If it is not using its range extender zero emissions at the point of use means less air pollution in urban areas. When you fill up with green power or generate your own electricity with solar panels, you get to enjoy totally emission-free mobility. And driving in ECO PRO mode cuts your power consumption and increases your driving range.

Zero-emission driving becomes even more sustainable when the electricity used to charge the battery is generated from renewables such as solar or wind.  So in all electric driving mode, you’re travelling with absolutely no emissions. And, of course, our installation service will come and install your Wallbox and get everything up and running

Added to which, in your BMW i3 you generate virtually no noise or odours, benefitting both yourself and your environment.

Terms and Conditions

[1] Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions data, electrical consumption and range is based upon Combined Driving Test Cycle in accordance with ADR 81/02. Actual figures will depend on many factors including traffic conditions, driving habits, prevailing conditions and your vehicle’s equipment, condition and use.  These figures are unlikely to be achieved in real world driving conditions and should only be used for comparing one vehicle with another.  BMW recommends the use of minimum RON 95 super unleaded petrol. Unleaded 91 RON and higher with a maximum ethanol content of 10% (E10) may also be used. Output and fuel consumption figures apply to RON98 fuel. All engines meet the EU5 emissions standard.
[2] All information, representations, illustrations, specifications and prices is general in nature only and may show overseas product features, specifications or models which may change without notice and should always be read in conjunction with other specific materials and information available from BMW Group Australia and its respective dealers.