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.

SGL Group acquires BMW Group’s minority interest in carbon fiber JV

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SGL Carbon SE is acquiring BMW Group’s 49% equity investment in the joint ventures SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC (US)—together referred to as SGL ACF. Carbon fibers and carbon fiber materials are at the core of SGL Group's corporate strategy. Likewise, BMW Group’s CFRP-stacks production unit in Wackersdorf will not be affected.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

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Back in January, engineering firm Munro & Associates orchestrated a "tear-down" of a BMW i3 electric car at its facility near Detroit. Videos Batteries Carbon Fiber plug-in cars youtube

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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

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.

SGL Group and BMW Group JV to Build New Carbon Fiber Plant; Output Exclusively for Upcoming Megacity Vehicle

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SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, the joint venture between SGL Group and BMW Group ( earlier post ), will build a carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. The new facility is an important element of both companies’ strategy to commercialize viable manufacturing of ultra light weight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in future vehicle concepts. SGL Group holds 51% of the shares and the BMW Group 49%.

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.

Next BMW 7-Series To Use 'Carbon Core' Based on i3 Electric Car Body

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The BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe are audacious examples of advanced technology in many ways. Not the least of it are body shells made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) mounted atop an aluminum rolling platform carrying the powertrains and crash structures. BMW has said that in due course, the plug-in cars'' advanced. Body Carbon Fiber CFRP weight reduction

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SGL Group and BMW Group Establish Carbon Fiber-Joint Venture; BMW Will Use Output in the Megacity Vehicle

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SGL Group and BMW Group have formed a 51:49 joint venture to manufacture carbon fibers and fabrics for the automotive industry. The joint venture will be operated through two companies, one based in North America (SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC), and the other in Germany (SGL Automotive Fibers GmbH & Co KG). In the final stage of development, annual carbon fiber and fabric consumption is expected in the range of several thousand tons p.a.

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.

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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

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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Toyota, Subaru Cars To Get Lighter Using Toray Carbon Fiber

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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

BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber

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We don't know what it looks like yet, but another detail emerged yesterday on BMW's upcoming tiny MegaCity urban electric vehicle: It will be built out of carbon fiber that is partly made in the U.S. BMW will partner with composites expert SGL Group to construct a new plant in Moses Lake, Washington, that will manufacture lightweight carbon-fiber

BMW debuts iX3 SUV electric car

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The iX3 SUV, revealed in Beijing today, brings BMW into the mainstream when it comes to electric cars. No longer will BMW electrics be specialized models that look like science experiments, made of space-age carbon fiber or riding on skinny tires for the ultimate efficiency. Instead, the company will revert to building electric versions of its

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BMW showcases new carbon fiber reinforced plastic production process with M3 CRT; process to produce components for i3 electric and i8 PHEV models

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BMW M GmbH used the M Night Event in the lead-up to the Nürburgring 24-hour race to unveil the BMW M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology). The M3 CRT represents the worldwide debut of a new production process for carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components in the automotive industry. For the BMW M3 CRT this allows the creation of a hood made from two CFRP moldings encasing an aramid honeycomb structure. BMW M3 CRT.

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

BMW helps to open carbon fibre plant

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German carmaker BMW has already shown its commitment to carbon fibre as an ultra lightweight material by forming a joint venture with SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres – and now the joint venture has opened a carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Washington. The new facility will produce lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastics for use [.]. BMW Green cars Latest news carbon fiber carbon fibre carbon fibre plant Moses Lake SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres

BMW shows commitment to carbon fibre

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As it bids to strengthen its focus on lightweight construction, BMW AG has secured a 15.6 per cent stake in SGL Carbon SE. The companies were already working together on a joint venture known as SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres. SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres has a carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Moses Lake in Washington. BMW Electric cars Green cars Latest news BMW i3 BMW i8 carbon fiber carbon fibre Moses Lake SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres SGL Carbon SE

2017 BMW i3 REx: drive review of range-extended electric car

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When the history of modern electric cars is written, the BMW i3 will likely go down as something of an anomaly. Its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, aluminum underpinnings, and battery-electric powertrain with an optional range extender are a combination not offered by any other maker, now or perhaps ever. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Range-Extended Electric Vehicle REx range extender engine BMW i3 REx

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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

New Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé makes its debut in Chile; wireless charging

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The new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé made its debut on Thursday in Santiago, Chile. BMW i has been “Official Vehicle Partner” since the first Formula E season and is now on track with the next generation of the Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé, featuring a range of technical advances.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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BMW AG takes 15.16% stake in SGL Carbon SE

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BMW AG has secured a 15.16 percent stake in SGL Carbon SE, reflecting its strengthening of focus on lightweight construction and the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) in automobile manufacture. The BMW Group and the SGL Group already operate a joint venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (B Earlier post.). BMW AG will not seek a seat on the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE based on the new investment.

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.

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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.