BMW has started pushing all-electric vehicles like their i3 and plug-in hybrids like their i8, and they know that people will obviously need to charge these vehicles. Enter the solar carport concept developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA that allows consumers to recharge their cars self-sufficiently using green CO2 free power, independent of electricity prices.
The carport’s design, colors, and materials are inspired by the BMW i models. The carport uses carbon elements on the side and sustainable bamboo for struts, both of which complement and reflect the characteristic looks of the i series of cars. The solar panels are high grade glass-on-glass modules. They are translucent, durable (the panels used in Europe, for example, offer a 30 year guarantee), and provide a high energy yield.