Large industrial companies, including automotive companies, have an ambitious challenge ahead of them to contribute to the fight for a more sustainable future, and that is to change their entire production model, traditionally based on the linear economy that is, to create products and materials that will end up being discarded. in the form of waste-, by one of circular economy, in which the reuse and recycling of these materials allow to reduce to a minimum the waste that is emitted into the environment. It is a paradigm shift that has been proposed for some time now, but that little by little is beginning to reach companies and that in the future will be a norm.
That is why BMW has begun to put that idea into practice in a concept that proposes us to imagine what its compacts will be like in 20 years, and the result of that idea is this BMW I Vision Circular, a compact electric vehicle in the shape of a minivan that we show how this sustainable circular economy model could be applied to the cars in which we will travel in 2040.
A futuristic and natural environment
The result is a car with a spacious interior suitable for four occupants but which is barely 4 meters long, and which is committed to an even more modern evolution of the main features of BMW, including its famous double kidney grille that extends throughout. width of the entire front to join with what will be your LED lights. The striking thing here is that there is no longer a trace of the famous chrome bars or edges of yesteryear, but now it is simply a dark-colored surface that lets in the light to create the most modern shapes to give a twist to those traditional bars of Grill.
From this front that leaves a small central groove to mark those two kidneys, a single curve begins that does not end until it reaches the rear and that leaves, as a result, a silhouette of an authentic minivan and a bright interior since the entire roof is an extension of the windshield.
And if its exterior already draws attention, the same happens with its interior where a spacious but also very futuristic and luxurious cabin welcomes us. However, it also stands out for being its minimalist driving position and a feeling of a very natural environment, with a very compact dashboard and 100% sustainable materials with 3D printing technology as one of the main protagonists, in fact, the steering wheel rim is made of biological material from this technique.
To make the interior even more welcoming, the four seats inside have been designed in such a way that they look like furniture that leaves the feeling of being in a sophisticated and exclusive living room.
Although perhaps the most striking part is that dashboard on which light effects are projected that show the "brain of this BMW" in operation. There are no screens or indicators here, just a head-up display that projects all the information onto the windshield.
100% electric, 100% sustainable
Such is BMW's commitment to sustainability in this car that the metal components are made of recycled aluminum and steel, and even its battery has reused materials. In the same way, its wheels are made of natural rubber. These are just some examples of the commitment to truly sustainable materials, but the proposal goes further, and that is that BMW ensures that users will be able to send the energy not used in the car from its battery to the electrical network.
Of course, we will not see a production version based on this concept in the future, at least not in the near future. But surely BMW will take advantage of many of these interesting sustainability ideas in its next models. Ideas that seek to meet the brand's goal of reducing emissions from each vehicle by 40% during its life cycle by 2030.