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Published on May 7th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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BMW Builds A Solar-powered Bamboo And Carbon Fiber Carport

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So you’ve just dropped $135,000 on the brand new BMW i8 plug-in hybrid. Congratulations! But you’re not going to plug that into just any old charging port. Oh no, you need something classy, expensive, and of course, sustainable. What you need is this eco-friendly carport and recharging station, from BMW of course.

Designed specifically to fit either the BMW i3 or i8, the carport is constructed of bamboo beams held together by carbon fiber at the joints. These materials are used throughout both vehicles as a means to shed weight, as well as add  a touch of class. The roof is comprised of glass-on-glass solar panels built to last at least 30 years, though just how much juice it can send to your electrified Bimmer, the Bavarian brand won’t say. They will say that, if you have excess energy left over after charging your car, it will feed that energy back into your home to offset electrical costs.

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It’s a more attractive alternative to the traditional, in-garage charging ports, or even worse, those plebeian public charging ports. It’s interesting that BMW is foisting this cool car charger on owners though, instead of installing them around electric car hotspots like L.A. Then again, the amount of power they provide, even in sunny SoCal, probably isn’t enough to be practical.

Cool doesn’t always have to be practical though, right?

Source: BMW


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  • Ark18

    The solar carport seems like an incredible alternative and, more than likely, what we will be seeing all over the world as a supplement to the energy grid. I like the symbolic fact that it is putting charging power (even if it is partial) back in the hands of consumers while using one of the most rapidly renewable resources on the planet (bamboo). Individualized, semi-independent, and renewable. I wouldn’t mind this car future at all.

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