BMW i Wins 2014 Golden iF Design Award

by Bernie McGroarty on March 10, 2014, 10:25 pm
The BMW World opens the door for the 61st iF design awards. And the BMW Group wins big receiving 19 design awards. One of the 75 coveted gold awards goes to the BMW i3 for the incoorporation of sustainability in all facets of the interieur and exterior design.

The i3's interior is made of high quality renewable raw materials, in the name of sustainability. Certain parts of the instrument panel and door panels are made using southern Asia’s Kenaf plant natural fibers to save about 10% weight, while the interior leather is tanned using a natural process that uses olive leaf extract to provide protection against fading and wear while giving a unique look. The wood trim used in the dashboard is crafted from eucalyptus which is grown in Europe and certified as 100% sourced from responsible forestry.

More than 10% of the carbon fiber needed to manufacture the BMW i3's structure and body is made from recycled materials, it is another way the BMW i3 is completely sustainable. The roof is made of CFRP scraps to help recycle left over material from other parts.

Check out the video from BMW's i3 receiving the Golden Design Award.

Read all about the i3 here!

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