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BMW is investing in the efficiency of electric cars: what the latest study shows

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According to a study conducted by BMW in cooperation with TÜV Rheinland, the life cycle emissions of the BMW iX3, BMW iX and BMW i4 models are at least one third lower than those of the combustion engine models.

In order to be as transparent as possible, the Bavarians have announced the results of a study with TÜV Rheinland on CO2 emissions from vehicles based on ISO 14040/44 (for environmental management, life cycle assessment), from the start of the raw material extraction phase. and until recycling.

According to BMW, the assessment was carried out for 200,000 kilometers of use and refers to CO2 emissions equivalent to Germany’s energy production, which is about 33 percent higher than Romania’s. This means that for the local market, the lifecycle emission level for the grid power supply is even better.

The results show that the life cycle emissions of the BMW iX3, BMW iX and BMW i4 are at least one third lower than comparable BMW models with internal combustion engines. At the same time, BMW electric vehicles emit two-thirds less than a conventional BMW of the same size when using renewable energy.

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BMW wants to become a “green” brand

In this case, studies have shown that the BMW iX3 has a 40% smaller footprint than the BMW X3 30i if it is powered by the grid and 67% smaller if it is powered by green energy. The BMW iX has a 36% smaller footprint than the BMW X5 30d when powered by mains and 66% smaller than the BMW X5 30d when powered by green energy. The BMW i4 has a 32% lower footprint than the BMW 4 Series 420i when powered from the mains and 64% smaller when powered by green energy.

The results of the assessment are based on an efficient production process, based on a broad set of important measures for environmental protection, which include the exclusive use of renewable energy in production centers by 2020, achieving neutrality with regard to own production centers in 2021 through additional compensation measures.

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The BMW Group also monitors the production process at the supplier level. That is why it has direct commitments with battery cell suppliers for the exclusive use of renewable energy in the production process and constantly invests in efficient sources of raw materials, such as new technologies for the production of steel and aluminum produced exclusively from solar energy.

By 2030, the BMW Group aims to reduce CO2 emissions over the life cycle by 40%, with a 80% reduction in emissions from production, 20% from suppliers and 50% during use. Following the principles of the circular economy, the BMW Group intends to increase the use of recycled materials from the current 30% to 50% with the launch of the Neue Klasse model range in the second half of this decade.

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