Says it may incorporate the material in additional future cars.
With long waiting lists for both its electric vehicle models - the i8 hybrid and the i3 fully-electric car - BMW is cranking up production of carbon fiber along with specialist group SGL Carbon. The manufacturer will up production to 6,000 tons, as compared to the current 3,000 annually. According to Reuters, BMW is also likely to use the material in its upcoming new 7-Series flagship sedan, which is expected later this year.
With a six-month waiting period for the i3, and the i8 sold out before it has even hit showrooms, BMW is stockpiling carbon fiber to keep up with existing orders. The ultra-lightweight material will be used extensively in the i8, keeping its weight to just over 3,100 lbs and giving it a 0-62 mph time of less than five seconds. Likewise, it is incorporated in the electric i3 city car, which boasts a 99-mile range and 0-62 times of under eight seconds. As demand for quicker, lighter and more efficient cars continues to grow, BMW is expected to add carbon fiber to other future models.