Automaker BMW Group is looking to slash the carbon emissions of making and using its cars – and hemp may play a larger role.
BMW has been using hemp for some years, for example in the lining of door panels of its electric i3. This isn’t just a warm and fuzzy tree-hugger thing to attract the eco-savvy consumer; but also plays a (small) role in lightening the vehicle.
It looks like hemp and other plant materials might be getting more of a look in, with the company stating it is stepping up its fight against climate change and will drastically reduce CO2 per vehicle by 2030.
One of the strategies is the increased use of natural materials over petrochemical ones.
“the BMW Group and its partners have systematically further developed the use of fibres such as hemp, kenaf and flax, providing them with natural fibre lattice structures,” says the company. “Thanks to these support structures, it is possible to maintain their mechanical properties and avoid additional weight by reducing the amount of material needed,” says the company.
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