BMW and Boeing Collaborate on Carbon Fiber for Cars, Planes


  • BMW i3 Concept Picture

    BMW i3 Concept Picture

    The BMW i3 Concept previewed the production version of the car, which will feature a carbon passenger cell. | December 12, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • In an unlikely partnership, BMW and Boeing on Wednesday announced that they will collaborate on developing the use of carbon fiber in cars and planes.
  • BMW said in a statement that the two companies will participate in joint research for carbon fiber recycling and share manufacturing knowledge, along with automation opportunities.
  • The 2014 BMW i3 will be one of the first BMW cars with a carbon passenger cell, the automaker noted.

MUNICH, Germany — In an unlikely partnership, BMW and Boeing on Wednesday announced that they will collaborate on developing the use of carbon fiber in cars and planes.

BMW said in a statement that the two companies will participate in joint research for carbon fiber recycling and share manufacturing knowledge, along with automation opportunities.

The 2014 BMW i3 will be one of the first BMW cars with a carbon passenger cell, the automaker noted, followed later by the BMW i8. The BMW i3 is set to go on sale in late 2013. Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50 percent carbon fiber material.

As part of its SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers joint venture, the BMW Group has built a new carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington.

Edmunds says: Carbon fiber is lighter than aluminum and steel. It will give automakers like BMW an advantage when it comes to boosting fuel economy and cutting vehicle weight.

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