May 11th, 2014
In keeping with its quest for offering environment-friendly alternatives to its main line of vehicles, such as the i3 and i8, BMW unveils a brand new concept that takes efficiency a step further. Demoed in California by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the carport is constructed using carbon fiber, bamboo (due to its quick-growing attributes), and features a roof made entirely out of solar panels. Made to supplement the Wallbox Pro charging system while taking some of the load off the grid, the Carport is nowhere near as powerful as the current wall charging system and is only really appealing to those who live in areas that are perpetually sunny. No news yet on if this will be an option for i-vehicle owners in the future, but it will be interesting to see what other automobile manufacturers come up with in terms of at-home charging solutions.