Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns.

BMW Says It Will Triple Production Of Carbon Fiber For Electric Cars

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Carbon fiber is still a fairly exotic material in the automotive industry, but it is likely to become more common--and perhaps faster than expected. BMW said last Friday that it will triple production of carbon fiber at its facility in Moses Lake, Washington, to use in its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shells.

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CarboSax: new joint venture for more sustainable carbon fiber production forms in Germany

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PD Glasseiden, a Germany-based producer of fiberglass; European Carbon Fiber GmbH; and the ForschungsCampus Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V., established under the auspices of the Lower Saxony Research Centre for Vehicle Technology at the TU Braunschweig and Volkswagen AG have formed a joint venture— CarboSax GmbH —to pursue developing, manufacturing and distributing more sustainable carbon fibers in Germany. Dr. Plath also previously worked for BMW i.

Research Backed By BMW Halfway To Carbon-Fiber Cost 90% Lower

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One case in point is carbon fiber, which is light and strong, but also expensive. Now, a research firm partially funded by BMW--which uses large amounts of carbon fiber in its i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid--claims to be on the verge of slashing this material''s Lightweight materials can help improve fuel efficiency, but they also add cost.

BMW i5 to have range extender, use carbon-fiber body: product chief

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Among the three German luxury brands, BMW was first out of the gate to build and sell a battery-electric car in volume. Future Cars plug-in cars REx range extender engine BMW i5Its unusual and technically advanced i3 small hatchback, offered with an optional two-cylinder range-extending engine, makes up the bulk of its "i" sub-brand sales, joined by the sexy and expensive i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe.

Carbon Fiber In Cars: More Energy To Make, Lower Lifetime Emissions

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While its light weight helps raise fuel economy in vehicles, carbon fiber has its critics. Recently, BMW defended the carbon footprint of carbon fiber in a recent WardsAuto article. MORE: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW''s Radical New Electric Car The German An often-long supply chain has led some to question the material''s environmental benefit.

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Nissan R&D Chief: Carbon Fiber Is Good For Planes, Not Cars

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Meanwhile, the somewhat more expensive BMW i3 takes a radically different approach to materials and construction; from its carbon-fiber-reinforced Nissan has put a lot of investment into the battery and all-electric powertrain technology in its all-electric Leaf. Yet outside of that, the Leaf is a pretty ordinary small car in materials and layout.

2016 BMW 740e Plug-In Hybrid: Fifth Electric Car From German Maker

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The 2016 BMW 7-Series has now been announced, and among the dizzying array of models and trim packages is a plug-in hybrid version. That makes the awkwardly-named 2016 BMW 740e xDrive the fifth plug-in car from the Bavarian company. Plug-In Hybrids Carbon FiberIt joins the plug-in hybrid 330e sedan, the X5 xDrive 40e SUV, and the two "i" models--the i3 electric car and i8.

BMW-Toyota Pact: Hybrids, Fuel Cells, Carbon Fiber--And A Sports Car Too

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On Thursday, we brought you news that BMW was planning to ditch its partnership with GM to develop fuel cell vehicles, for Japanese rival Toyota. That news has now been confirmed, with a joint press conference on Friday heralding the start of BMW and Toyota's partnership. The automakers' Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) includes plans for joint

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Ultra-Efficient BMW Four-Seat Plug-In Hybrid For Research Only, Not Sales: Report

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Plug-In Hybrids Carbon Fiber Prototype research CFRP plug-in cars Volkswagen XL1 Range ExtendingThe limited-production Volkswagen XL1 ultra-economy two-seater gets astounding fuel efficiency from its two-cylinder diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. It's well over 100 miles per gallon if you use the European test cycle (which differs from U.S. tests). But at a six-figure price and a production limited to a few hundred, it's not likely to have a.

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Mitsubishi Rayon acquires majority of carbon fiber reinforced plastics company Wethje; targeting auto industry

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MRC) recently executed a share sales and purchase agreement by which it will acquire 51% of Wethje Holding GmbH , a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications, from Wethje parent Cross Industries AG. MRC aims to strengthen and expand the carbon fiber intermediate materials business for automobile applications in Europe. Mitsubishi Rayon Co.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV Details, FedEx Tests Electric Trucks, Cheaper Carbon Fiber: Today's Car News

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We''ve got more details on the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV, FedEx tests 25 Wrightspeed range-extended electric vans, and BMW-backed research could lead to much cheaper carbon fiber to be used in a wider variety of cars. Lots of electric-car news today. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Want the first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car in the

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Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

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2009 BMW Concept ActiveE. BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber. First, the raw feedstock to make carbon fibers–just call it a “polacrylonitrile-based precursor&# –is made in Japan by a joint venture between SGL and Mitsubishi Rayon and flown to the U.S. At another German plant, in Landshut, the actual carbon-fiber components for the MegaCity are made from those fabrics. New type of BMW.

BMW i3 Electric Car Quirk: No AM Radio--But Why?

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The BMW i3 electric car is a tour de force of advanced engineering--and the most energy-efficient car sold in the U.S. Its body shell is made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, riding on an aluminum platform containing the lithium-ion battery, the electric motor, and the crash structures. Green Audio BMW i3 REx Infotainment accessories plug-in carsthis year.

BMW To Use Carbon Fiber In Next 7-Series Luxury Car

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Not too long ago Mercedes-Benz announced they would be making a carbon-fiber derivative of the next E-Class sedan, and now BMW has also announced it will use the material in its future models. The BMW 7-Series luxury car will use carbon fiber and other light-weight materials, to reduce weight in a class where cars are often 4,400 pounds or more

Apple Wanted To Use BMW i3 As Basis For Its Own Electric Car: Report

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BMW and Apple have long cooperated on advanced technology. And the BMW i3 battery-electric car is not only highly advanced technologically--with its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell--but the most energy efficient vehicle. The German carmaker was the first in the world to incorporate iPod recognition into a car, more than 10 years ago.

BMW i3 Electric Car Teardown: Profitable At 20,000 Units, Says Engineer (Video)

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Underneath its radical styling, the BMW i3 electric car has some unusual features. Its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell and aluminum chassis are unlike anything found in most other cars--let alone its floor-mounted battery pack and optional range-extending two-cylinder engine.

If BMW i5 is canceled, what does that mean for its electric cars?

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When it launched in 2013, the BMW i3 electric car was arguably the most futuristic automobile in mass production anywhere in the world. Its all-electric powertrain could be ordered with an optional range-extending engine, and it rode on an aluminum chassis topped with a strong but lightweight body shell made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) BMW iNext

2014 BMW i3: Cheaper To Repair, Insure Than You'd Expect

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Carbon fiber is not a cheap material. And the BMW i3, of course. The expense of its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) chassis might lead you to assume repairing it would be a wallet-draining nightmare--but

BMW i3 REx range extender: owner assesses pros and cons of limited-power engine

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The BMW i3 electric car may be the most ambitious small car of recent years, bristling with new technology and innovation. Its carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body shell rides on an aluminum platform, and its all-electric powertrain may include an optional small engine. lawsuit plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle REx range extender engine BMW i3 REx

BMW i3 Faces VW e-Golf, Mercedes B-Class Electric Cars In New Reviews

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The BMW i3 electric car takes risks, and not just with its plug-in powertrain. A radical design and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell make the i3 unlike most other cars on the road. In contrast, other German automakers have taken a more conservative approach with their electric cars; the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and 2015

BMW i3 wasn't German maker's first innovative electric car

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No question exists over whether the BMW i3 is a remarkable and innovative car. From its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body shell to its electric powertrain, not to mention the option of a range-extending engine, almost everything about it is different from other BMW models. But the i3 isn't the first radical attempt by BMW to rethink the way it.

2015 BMW i8 Live Photo Gallery: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

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The 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car was finally unveiled this morning at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. It joins the i3 electric city car as the second model in BMW’s line of “i” plug-in vehicles. Like the i3, the i8 features a unique “LifeDrive” architecture consisting of a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP

Daimler And Japan's Toray Form Carbon Fiber Joint Venture

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Carbon fiber is seen by many in the auto industry as one of the most effective ways of reducing vehicle weight and thus improving fuel economy and emissions levels, but the relative expense of the material means that it’s still reserved for only a handful of high-end production cars. BMW has effectively used carbon fiber roofs for its M cars

Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2014 BMW i3

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The 2014 BMW i3 is the most audacious expansion of a well-known car brand in many years. BMW--the maker of "ultimate driving machines"--is using electric propulsion, a carbon-fiber reinforced body, and a Scandinavian Modern interior not in an expensive luxury sedan, but in a subcompact hatchback city car that it intends to build and sell in

Vitesse AuDessus introduces line of one-piece carbon-fiber wheels

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US bespoke carbon fiber workshop Vitesse AuDessus has introduced a line of one-piece, full carbon-fiber wheels. Vitesse AuDessus’s new wheels use prepreg carbon fiber fabric that is hand-laid and autoclave-cured in CNC-milled aluminum moulds, a process shared by Formula 1 race teams and Sweden-based supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg. Typical lead time for the company’s one-piece, full carbon fiber wheels is 3-4 weeks.

BMW to supply 100 i3 EVs to LAPD

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BMW of North America won its bid to supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 battery-electric BMW i3 vehicles for use in the department’s transportation fleet. The BMW i3 police cars began hitting the streets of Los Angeles this spring badged with an LAPD insignia.

BMW delivers first i3 EV in US

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BMW delivered the first all-electric BMW i3 (earlier post) in the US to Boston electric vehicle advocate and Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie at the BMW of Boston dealership. BMW i3s at the Port Jersey Vehicle Distribution Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

BMW Group and Boeing to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling

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The BMW Group and Boeing signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research for carbon fiber recycling as well as share carbon fiber manufacturing process simulations and ideas for manufacturing automation. Both the BMW Group and Boeing are pioneering the use of carbon fiber in their products. This collaboration agreement is a very important step forward in developing the use and end use of carbon fiber materials.

Report: BMW and SGL to invest €100M to double automotive carbon fiber production

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Germany’s Handelsblatt reports that BMW and partner SGL will invest more than €100 million ($137 million) to double their joint production of carbon fiber to 6,000 metric tons a year from 3,000 tons a year now. In addition to meeting demand from the i3 and i8, the carbon fiber will also be used in new 7 series in 2015, according to the report. In 2011, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers officially opened its new carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA.

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Drivers Can Opt For Solar Charging Service

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BMW''s first full-scale production electric car isn''t a vehicle done by half measures. It''s uniquely styled, features high-tech carbon fiber reinforced plastic construction and the minimalist interior is awash with sustainable materials. BMW thinks its customers might want to continue that sustainability through to the car''s charging, so has teamed

BMW i3 Electric Car: Motorcycle Engine Range-Extender For 250 Mile Range

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If you're a fan of electric cars, there's a fair chance BMW's i3 urban electric car is one of the vehicles you're most looking forward to in 2013. When it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013, it's set to be one of the most advanced vehicles on the road--not least for its lightweight carbon-fiber reinforced plastic chassis. BMW is also

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, BMW 7 Series Goes Carbon, 2016 Chevy Volt Order Guide: Today's Car News

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The Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid debuts at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, while the next BMW 7 Series will adopt carbon-fiber technology from the i3 electric car. We lead off today with two big luxury car stories. We''re also giving you a peek at the 2016 Chevrolet Volt order guide. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Catch up on last week''s. Today in Car News

BMW lays cornerstone for new Lightweight Design Center at Landshut

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BMW held a cornerstone-laying ceremony for its new Lightweight Design Center at BMW’s Landshut site. BMW is investing about €20 million (US$22 million) in the center. The concentration of light metal, castings, plastic and fiber composite expertise at a single location is unique in the world. —Oliver Zipse, Chief Production of BMW AG.

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers Breaks Ground in Moses Lake, Washington

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SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers—a joint venture of the BMW Group and SGL Group ( earlier post )— broke ground on the new greenfield carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Moses Lake, Washington. The facility in Moses Lake is a fundamental component of the joint venture’s strategy to commercialize manufacturing of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in BMW Group’s future Megacity Vehicle.


BMW Group / SGL Group JV opens new Moses Lake carbon fiber plant

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SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (SGL ACF)—a joint venture of SGL Group and the BMW Group ( earlier post )—officially opened its new carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. The new facility is strategic for the manufacture of ultra light-weight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in the new BMW i vehicles ( earlier post ).

BMW shows i Pedelec Concept e-bike

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Coinciding with the opening of the first BMW i Store on London’s Park Lane, the BMW Group presented the new BMW i Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) Concept—a custom-made complement to the BMW i3 Concept ( earlier post ). BMW i Pedelec.

More details on BMW’s i3; electric and connected

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Cutaway of the BMW i3. Also playing their part are the driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive and 360° ELECTRIC designed specifically for the BMW i3. The key elements here are the LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive technology.

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BMW i3 Electric Car Coming With 100-Mile Range And $35,000 Sticker: Report

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The upcoming BMW i3, the car formerly known as the Megacity Vehicle and the first production all-electric car from BMW, is set to revolutionize the way mainstream cars are engineered and built, with most of its internal structure and body being composed of lightweight composite materials such as reinforced carbon-fiber plastic.

SGL Group joint venture receives grant for development of a novel high-performance carbon-fiber precursor

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European Precursor GmbH (EPG), a joint venture between SGL Group and Lenzing Group, received a €1.5-million (US$2.1-million) grant from the Bavaria FIT program under the Bavarian undersecretary of the state of Katja Hessel to fund the development of a novel carbon-fiber precursor with revised properties. Due to their unique properties, carbon fibers are in even greater demand as substitutes for traditional materials because of the rising cost of raw materials and energy.