Munich. With a BMW i Vision Circular, a BMW Group
is looking brazen to a compress BMW for a year 2040 that is focused
precisely on sustainability and luxury. The four-seater is fully
electrically powered and offers a inexhaustible volume of interior space
within a around four-metre-long footprint. It has similarly been
designed according to round economy beliefs conflicting a house and
therefore symbolises a BMW Group’s desirous devise to turn the
world’s many tolerable manufacturer in a sold premium
The Vision Vehicle is one of 5 conflicting judgment vehicles with
that a BMW Group is presenting how it envisages sold urban
mobility during a IAA Mobility 2021 event. Under a singular umbrella
travelling electric mobility, digitalisation and sustainability, the
5 pioneering concepts emanate a versatile mobility brew on dual and
4 wheels fuelled by tolerable thinking, that comprehensively
addresses an intensely far-reaching operation of mobility needs in a face of
fast-changing mandate and flourishing challenges.
Circular economy and delegate materials cut CO2
The BMW Group’s vital aim as it strives
to grasp meridian neutrality is to revoke CO2 emissions around a
vehicle’s whole life cycle. Besides electrifying a product
portfolio and switching to renewable appetite for manufacturing, the
association is focusing quite on round economy beliefs and
a use of delegate materials. These materials, such as secondary
aluminium and delegate steel, can be achieved by recycling waste
member and afterwards reused. The routine for provision secondary
materials is apart rebate damaging to a sourroundings and CO intensive
compared to a descent and make of primary material. This
can move about a vital alleviation in a vehicle’s CO footprint,
generally on a supply sequence side. At present, vehicles from a BMW
Group are done regulating scarcely 30 per cent recycled and reused
member on average. The ‘secondary first’ proceed is dictated to
gradually boost this figure to 50 per cent.
“The BMW i Vision Circular illustrates a all-encompassing,
prudent proceed of meditative when it comes to tolerable mobility. It
symbolises a aspiration to be a pioneering force in a growth of
a round economy,” explains Oliver Zipse, Chairman of a Board of
Management of BMW AG. “We lead a proceed for apparatus potency in
prolongation and we are seeking to extend this standing to all stages of
a automobile life cycle. This is a doubt of mercantile sustainability
too, as a stream trend in commodity prices clearly shows the
financial consequences in store for any attention that is reliant on
calculable resources.” He adds, “We will take a subsequent vast step towards
achieving this with a ‘Neue Klasse’ models. We conclude there are
many BMW fans yearning for a initial foretaste of a ‘Neue Klasse’, but
a BMW i Vision Circular isn’t it. we can promise, however, that, on a
sustainability level, a ‘Neue Klasse’ is being grown with the
same mindset practical for a BMW i Vision Circular.”
The vital settlement aim for a BMW i Vision Circular was to create
a automobile that is optimised for sealed materials cycles and achieves
100% use of recycled materials / 100% recyclability. This involves
creation sold use of materials that have already finished a
product life cycle – or delegate materials as they are famous –
alongside approved bio-based tender materials. The same relates to the
appetite storage device: a all-solid-state battery in a BMW i Vision
Circular is 100 per cent recyclable and done roughly entirely
regulating materials sourced from a recycling loop. It will grasp much
aloft appetite firmness with significantly reduced use of a most
Circular settlement – a new approach.
“We gave consummate care to circularity from a outset
during a settlement routine for a BMW i Vision Circular. As a result,
this Vision Vehicle is packaged with innovative ideas for combining
sustainability with a new, inspirational cultured – we call this
proceed ‘circular design’,” explains Adrian outpost Hooydonk, Head of BMW
Group Design. Circular settlement embraces a 4 beliefs of
RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.
RE:THINK. Circular product settlement starts by thinking
about things differently. For a BMW i Vision Circular this meant
scrutinising processes and prolongation technologies and thinking
differently. The duty achieved by any member partial adult to now
was examined, after that a partial was private yet deputy or
deftly repackaged where suitable and afterwards designed to enable
sealed materials cycles.
RE:DUCE. “I do some-more with less” has prolonged been an
constituent partial of a BMW i philosophy. The BMW i Vision Circular
demonstrates this by a rigorously practical rebate in the
series of member parts, member groups and aspect finishes,
dispensing totally with extraneous paintwork, leather and chrome, for
instance. Materials from bio-based tender materials also assistance to minimise
environmental impact and minister to a smaller CO footprint. As
apart as a digitalisation facilities are concerned, intelligent control panels
revoke both complexity and a use of materials. In serve to this,
digital aspect treatments capacitate a rebate in a series of
hardware variants during a same time as opening adult whole new
possibilities for design.
RE:USE. Ideally, a tolerable product will have a
prolonged lifespan, with a abounding and beguiling product knowledge making
people a lot some-more eager about regulating a product – and regulating it
for longer. One proceed of ensuring this happens is by incorporating
digitality to emanate new experiences. The arrangement options around digital
arrangement surfaces in a extraneous and interior of a automobile and the
accessibility of “option as a service” concede users to constantly bring
something new to a vehicle. Constant updates over a atmosphere and cloud
computing keep a product technically adult to date for longer. And the
vehicle’s life cycle can also be extended by refurbishing and
re-design. Easily detachable connectors make it apart easier for users
to reinstate sold materials and member parts, permitting them to
keep restyling a vehicle.
RE:CYCLE. When it comes to a materials used, the
concentration with a BMW i Vision Circular is on recycled materials
(“secondary first” approach) that are dictated to be reused again at
a finish of a product life cycle. Having a tiny series of different
mono-material groups with connectors that can simply be apart is
essential for good recycling. For this reason, a BMW i Vision Circular
avoids connected connectors or combination materials and uses intelligent
forms of connection, such as cords, press studs and quick-release
fasteners, instead. It showcases a purpose-developed, aesthetically
appealing quick-release tie for a wheels, seats and instrument
quarrel that creates a ‘joyful fusion’. The laser-etched distinguished in the
centre of a quick-release tie is done adult of a letters of the
word “circular” organised in a form of a circle. A special socket
wrench separates a member collection assimilated by a tie with a
singular rotation. The ‘joyful fusion’ tie creates a theft-proof
and fast tie and, during a same time, allows many component
collection of a automobile to be apart with usually a singular tool.
“BMW has always famous how to solve apparent contradictions in its
products,” explains Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design. “With a BMW i
Vision Circular, we have set ourselves a plea of conceptualizing a
100% round vehicle, while during a same time assembly – and in some
respects surpassing – a customers’ obvious expectations when it
comes to lifestyle and luxury.”
Re-interpreting exemplary icons – a front
The puristic front finish clearly conveys the
cultured appetite of round design. In gripping with a beliefs of
“RE:THINK” and “RE:USE”, a series of collection here has been reduced to
a max. Instead of carrying a chrome approximate with bars, a kidney
grille has been newly interpreted as a digital surface. The kidney
surfaces extend conflicting a whole extent of a front end, merging the
headlights and grille into an observable “double-icon” that will
continue to be a pure BMW identifier. At a same time, a kidney
surfaces are incited into a distinguished interface. In a future, digital
settlement could make geometric variations in lights and bumpers
redundant, assisting to revoke a apportion of materials and collection required.
A watchful line distinguished on a kidney surfaces constitutes a sole
musical member in a front end. Using a routine of intelligent
aspect refinement, it brings a new and artistic turn to a familiar
together kidney bar look. This line distinguished forms a repeated theme
that is also found in a windows, a behind end, a roof, wheels and
building coverings. The BMW i Vision Circular has no other serve trim
elements or badging of a arrange now used to weigh quality. The
code trademark on a front finish is engraved and a automobile badge is
laser-etched to equivocate regulating additional appendage parts.
The surfaces next a windscreen are done from delegate aluminium.
An additional sensor cluster between a dual kidney elements groups
together technological features, enabling elementary disassembly within a
singular removable element. The fender area serve down is manufactured
from recycled cosmetic with a worldly streaked surface.
A new conformation for BMW – a side view.
round settlement proceed exudes puristic clarity when observation a car
in form too. The BMW i Vision Circular has a pure mono-volume
settlement done adult of usually a tiny series of parts, with a array of
conflicting materials used reduced to a minimum. The settlement language
here is pure and accessible. The proportions, meanwhile, take BMW in
a new direction. The automobile extends in an consecutive volume from the
front to behind axle, charity a inexhaustible extent of interior usability
within a tiny footprint. Even during a standstill, a rising roofline
and a cover quarrel pushed good brazen give a compress conformation the
coming of surging boldly down a road. The wheels form
roughly a outdoor boundary of a vehicle, mixing with a prominently
flared circle arches to furnish a hunkered-down, sporty stance.
Together with a electrified architecture, a Vision Vehicle offers
a luxury-class interior on a tiny automobile footprint.
The large-surfaced, flush-glazed newcomer cell lends a sense
of modernity and levity to a flanks. Instead of regulating a chrome
trim support as a approximate for a window graphic, there is a slim
digital aspect fluctuating like a badge around a Hofmeister kink.
This is not usually a stylistic element, yet also a arrangement and
control/operation surface. It can be used to uncover information about
a automobile standing and beam users to a doorway opener regulating light as
they proceed a car. When a doorway opener is touched, a dual portal
doors open in conflicting directions, creation it easy for a motorist and
passengers to mount aboard and opening adult a simply sized interior.
Refined surfaces rather than paintwork.
The BMW i Vision Circular deliberately avoids a use of paint
for a exterior, and instead facilities a categorical physique done from secondary
aluminium with a light-gold anodised finish. The calmer feel of this
Anodized Mystic Bronze shade contrasts with a some-more “animated” and
richly phony aspect during a behind done from heat-treated steel. The
feverishness diagnosis routine creates a colour Temper Blue Steel, an
alluring interplay of bluish purple surfaces whose cloud-like aspect
would lend a rarely sold hold to any vehicle. The refinement
processes employed for a sold surfaces give them significant
manifest impact, while preserving a tender materiality of a dual metals
for optimal reusability. This shows how it will be probable to refine
surfaces regulating innovative processes in destiny yet a need for
Innovative sum in a circle area.
in “Vivid Blue Rubber” are done from certified, sustainably cultivated
healthy rubber and have a somewhat pure appearance. Extra
coloured, recycled rubber particles are combined to a tyre devalue for
strengthening, formulating an intriguing terrazzo outcome and purposefully
highlighting a reuse of materials. The circle rims are designed and
done with minimal materials use. Rim centres with maximum
permeability yield stop cooling, while a some-more enclosed surfaces
to a outdoor reaches of a wheels safeguard a biggest possible
aerodynamic efficiency. The wheels are bound in place regulating the
“joyful fusion” quick-release tie that adorns a centre of the
wheel, combining a worldly manifest highlight. Only manifest when
looking from above, a slight fin is integrated mainly in a rear
territory of a potion roof. It contains a communications and antenna
technology, and provides information on a standing of a vehicle
(open/closed, assign turn of a battery, etc.). It also integrates
a high-mounted centre stop light.
Monolithic and complicated – a behind end.
finish also has a puristic, pure appearance. All a arrangement surfaces
and light functions are integrated invisibly into a dim glass
tailgate, replicating a proceed taken during a front end. When the
automobile is switched off, usually a two-dimensional BMW trademark in a dark
potion aspect is visible. Switching a automobile on activates both the
organic light elements and a line distinguished during a front end. Below
a tailgate, a clearly sculpted aspect done from delegate steel
creates a distinguished plane movement. A slight uptick here injects
a behind finish with energetic aptitude and provides a high-class border.
Moving serve down, a ideally minimalised and aerodynamically
optimised black fender – serve done from visibly recycled cosmetic –
rounds off a rear-end settlement during a indicate lowest to a road.
Visibly tolerable oppulance – a interior
Inside, a BMW i Vision Circular seeks to
emanate a lush ambience, contracting materials and production
processes that are demonstrative of a obliged proceed to the
sourroundings and a resources. The interior of a BMW i Vision
Circular thereby highlights what will be probable in a destiny when
it comes to circularity and eloquent preference of materials – and
a kind of intriguing aesthetics that competence emerge as a result. This
involves regulating not usually a right elementary materials in a form of
mono-materials yet also crafty new fasten techniques for them which
equivocate a use of glue in sequence to safeguard best bearing for
dismantling and classification during a after stage. In sequence to minimise the
volume of rubbish and offcuts, all components and materials will be
done to fit accurately regulating processes such as 3D printing. Any
over-abundance member will be evenly fed behind into a materials cycle.
The interior – modern, light and magnificently sustainable.
The dual outer-hinged portal doors pitch far-reaching open to
exhibit a light and ethereal interior. The elementary colour intrigue for the
cabin is stoical of taupe with elements of grey and a light mint
immature shade (“MONOchrome Mint”) used for a building and side trim
panels. This coordinates ideally with a taupe/violet “MONOchrome
Taupe” finish for a front and behind seats to emanate a complicated and
modest atmosphere. Gold-bronze steel accents in a same Anodized
Mystic Bronze shade used for a extraneous supplement a gentle and worldly contrast.
The interior greets a motorist and front newcomer with a high degree
of clarity and an open clarity of space. The potion roof with
conspicuous rearward chain of a windscreen header gives those in
a front a sense they are sitting in a open atmosphere while also
maximising a feeling of expanse gifted within a small
footprint. The 4 seats have been intentionally designed to look
some-more demeanour like pieces of furniture. In a front, dual apart lounge
seats with constituent conduct restraints emanate an disdainful ambience.
Their velvet-like upholstery is done from recycled cosmetic and is held
within a light-gold aluminium frame. The seats rest on a slender
mono-post bottom with fore/aft adjustment. Together with the
concomitant repudiation of a centre console, this settlement has a effect
of formulating immeasurable amounts of legroom for passengers in a second row.
The behind of a slim front chair shells is done of recycled plastics
with a terrazzo-look finish. Another round ‘joyful fusion’
quick-release tie for elementary dismantling can be found here,
permitting a steel and fabric to be simply apart and sorted, and
Re-interpreted instrument panel.
user knowledge in a BMW i Vision Circular, like a material
qualities, deliberately showcases a some-more apart destiny with greater
in-car comprehension and some-more sensors that conflict to a user. Reducing
a series of components while also organisation functions together
creates a ‘phygital experience’. This newly coined tenure refers to
branch digitality into a haptic experience. Depending on a use
case, this involves possibly implementing a underlying record in a
rarely integrated, probably invisible demeanour as an prolongation of the
‘shy tech’ proceed or – as demonstrated by a instrument quarrel –
deliberately showcasing it and bringing it to life as an artistic icon.
The exemplary instrument quarrel is incited into a next-generation
phygital user interface. Here, it takes a form of a hovering,
V-shaped sculpture that projects out into a cabin. At a heart is a
3D-printed, clear physique with nerve-like structures using through
it, good manifest abyss and an fascinating lighting effect. This is
where a vehicle’s “thinking” is visualised, permitting a user to see
a comprehension during work. The instrument quarrel also serves as an area
for communication though, giving form to a elemental thought of
formulating practice that extend apart over displays and buttons. The
clear physique is bordered on both sides by naturally treated timber that
has been responsibly sourced and outwardly certified, as is a case
with all bio-based tender materials. Gold-bronze elements done from
anodised delegate aluminium bond a instrument quarrel to the
A-pillars. The lead side sections once again underline a ‘joyful
fusion’ quick-release fasteners for candid dismantling.
The information area you
would routinely settlement to find in a executive information arrangement is
located above a instrument quarrel during a bottom of a windscreen.
This arrangement area takes a Head-Up Display as initial brought out by
BMW to a whole new level. All applicable information is projected onto
a bottom area of a windscreen conflicting a whole width. Driving
displays for a motorist can be found here together with communications
functions and party facilities for a passengers. Information
can be changed directly into a user’s margin of prophesy or hidden, as
desired. Intelligent use of technologies therefore transforms the
existent windscreen into an information source, expelling a need
for any other displays in a interior during a same time, and is
another instance focus of bashful tech during work. The projected content
is tranquil by means of communication pads in a steering wheel,
while passengers can simply bond their mobile inclination to the
automobile and afterwards call adult sold calm in a windscreen’s front
newcomer territory or activate a personal speakers for a seamless
infotainment offering. From a outside, a graduated black printed
aspect with a gold-bronze settlement gives combined outcome to a display
area of a windscreen.
3D-printed steering wheel.
The steering wheel
forms a couple between past and destiny during a same time as shortening the
apportion of member and components. The edge has been 3D-printed from
bio-based material, with a timber powder various shown here giving the
steering circle a healthy and gentle feel. The unconventional, central
positioning of a straight spoke in gold-bronze adds a complicated twist.
It incorporates another clear interface area featuring backlighting
and displays identical to those of a instrument panel. To a left and
right of a steering wheel’s centre, in a closeness of a driver’s
thumbs, are pads that are activated by a thumbs relocating towards or
touching them and operated by ride movements (similar to today’s
multifunction steering wheels). These pads are phygital touchpoints
that strengthen a member of “hands on a wheel, eyes on a road”
and control a calm shown in a windscreen’s information area.
Display aspect connects a extraneous with the
The arrangement and handling aspect next the
windows manifest on a outward of a automobile can be found on a inside
too, combining a fasten member between interior and exterior. Here
again, it extends behind into a behind of a automobile and around the
Hofmeister kink. Featuring a same clear coming as the
instrument quarrel and ambient lighting, this member in a sidewall
adds to a intriguing and visionary aura constructed in a cabin. It
additionally incorporates a series of functions, including a power
window switches, doorway openers and a controls for a sunshade in the
roof. This means it forms a usually electronic member in a doors,
and it can be simply private as a procedure when dismantling a vehicle
and afterwards apart and sorted.
Inviting behind compartment.
rearward chain of a windscreen header provides passengers in the
behind with a apart potion roof featuring a automatic shading
function. This duty comprises dual potion panels with a settlement of
together lines that can be pushed together to change a grade of
shading between 50% and 100%. The use of dual panels for a shading
duty formula in a really slim settlement that does not supplement to the
height. Here, intelligent distinguished settlement has led to an innovation
that does not need any additional record or wiring yet
still achieves a limit effect.
In serve to this, a behind of a cabin has been done into a
large, somewhat lifted dais seat, that offers an mouth-watering space for
dual with a abundantly proportioned, gently padded side bolsters. The head
restraints demeanour like cushions placed on a ancillary structure,
serve emphasising a soft, cosy character. The audio speakers are
located underneath a conduct patience cushions. Each chair has a own
dedicated sound zone, definition that sold audio calm can be
enjoyed anywhere in a automobile yet acoustic interference. Direct
sound control reduces a series of collection compulsory and simplifies
dismissal of a system. This is usually one instance of a probable ways
in that complicated technical facilities can be subtly integrated into an
interior sourroundings that has a coming of a gentle apartment.
Sophisticated sum in a rear.
upholstery for a seats in MONOchrome Taupe is done wholly from
recycled material, yet has been woven here into an elaborate Jacquard
design. The intemperate upholstery is serve extended by accurate quilting
and is hold in place by press studs for easier dismantling, as on the
front seats. The behind dais chair is bordered by an anodised aluminium
support in gold-bronze. The routine for fasten a chair upholstery to
a support is another notable fact here, as a fabric is
interwoven with a support by means of a cord. The tie can be
apart again manually when it is time to idle a seat. The
deep-pile runner in MONOchrome Mint creates a pleasing atmosphere
around a vehicle. It has a evil settlement of lines
informed from a extraneous printed into it and is done from
100 per cent recycled plastic. In a C-pillar, a potion iDrive
Controller from a BMW iX enjoys a second life with a new duty as a
flare – a really intelligent hold that illustrates a member of “RE:USE”.
The sound settlement of a BMW i Vision
The composer Hans Zimmer and Renzo Vitale,
Creative Director Sound BMW Group, came adult with an disdainful sound
settlement for a BMW i Vision Circular that creates a circularity
audible. “The thought was to mix conflicting samples to keep injecting
new life into a sounds inside a vehicle, in a same proceed its
materials get a new franchise of life,” explains Hans Zimmer. “The concept
of objects potentially carrying an roughly gigantic lifespan desirous us
to also use samples from earthy instruments from a ended age, such
as a famous aged cello that still works in complicated times interjection to the
wonders of digital circularity.” Taking a materials used in the
automobile as a starting point, a twin also experimented with samples
and loops of sound elements, enabling them to learn a spectrum of
sounds constructed by a materials in a car. Each and any tone
featured here captures a movements of a extraneous structures, the
interior areas, a materials, a lights and a manifest animations.
Vehicle-to-grid opens adult new probable uses.
Alongside all a member and settlement innovations, a BMW i
Vision Circular also offers a probability of use in a
bidirectional charging scenario. Here, a automobile would act as a
mobile appetite storage device and feed appetite to a surroundings, e.g.
buildings and infrastructure. It can even be fed behind into a power
grid to assistance catch peaks in demand.
Data-based intelligent mobility
for limit potency in civic traffic.
pivotal magnitude in a expostulate towards tolerable civic mobility extends
over a tangible vehicle: creation intelligent use of a available
real-time and long-term trade information for limit mobility efficiency.
To date, a BMW Group has done apart in additional of 14 million
connected vehicles that are now on a world’s roads. What’s more, the
grade of connectivity and a pointing of a sensor record used
are constantly improving. The information collected by any vehicle
isn’t usually used to support a possess functions though. With a user’s
consent, it is common with a whole connected fleet, permitting all
vehicles to advantage from this overflow intelligence. Speed
recommendations could be optimised to make improved use of trade light
phases (“green wave”), trade flows forecasted some-more accurately and
durations of overload minimised as a outcome of vehicles communicating
with any other and their environment. CO2 emissions caused
by stop-start trade or even acid for a parking mark could be
reduced significantly conflicting a vast series of users.
Further insights with a BMW i Insight Vision
The BMW i Insight Vision App offers a novel new way
of experiencing and exploring a BMW i Vision Circular interactively.
The app uses a resources of conflicting examples to visualize a four
elementary beliefs of round economy – RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and
RE:CYCLE. All aspects of a Vision Vehicle can be detected in an
interesting proceed with a assistance of protracted reality. Additional
information, credentials sum and contribution have been combined to enrich
a user knowledge and offer a far-reaching accumulation of insights into both the
settlement routine and a materials and technologies used. The app’s
settlement has been modelled on a My BMW App. The BMW i Insight Vision
App knowledge is accessible exclusively on a uncover stand.
RE:BMW Circular Lab – RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.
The BMW Group is entertainment a RE:BMW Circular Lab as partial of the
IAA eventuality to yield serve information on a subject of circular
economy. The BMW Group intends to win a open over to a circular
economy proceed with this hybrid knowledge and communications
platform. Under a powerful of a 4 elemental beliefs of
round settlement a RE:BMW Circular Lab invites visitors to a IAA to
benefit a first-hand knowledge of what round economy and circular
settlement meant during workshops. “Circular Heroes”, as they have been
named, will offer their users an easy, fun and artistic proceed of
familiarising themselves with a beliefs of round settlement that
is also factually correct.