Issue Date: February 28, 2011
BMW To Wrap Electric Cars In Carbon Fiber
German automaker BMW says its new BMW i series electric cars, scheduled for launch in 2013, will have a passenger compartment made of high-strength, lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and an aluminum chassis. The lightweight materials will help offset the weight of high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. The first two vehicles in the series will be an all-electric city car called the i3 and a larger i8 hybrid passenger car. The carbon fibers will be manufactured in Moses Lake, Wash., by SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture between BMW and SGL Group.
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