To sustain its BMW i8 and i3 charging need, BMW DesignWorks USA introduced an innovative form of charging. The German designers unveiled a conceptual Solar Carport for the electric cars, on the occasion of launching the BMW i8 in Los Angeles.
Using only the power of the sun, the solar panel complex is based on same principles as the solar panels used normally on a house to provide electricity.
BMW suggest that the solar panels can provide energy for charging the i8 and redirecting te extra kWh to household use. To charge the i8, the Solar Carport directs the energy to the BMW i Wallbox Pro. This indicates how much energy is used and offers a statistic of recent charging sessions with the amount of solar energy consumed.
To make it as eco-friendly as possible, the BMW Designworks made the Solar Carport structure out of bamboo and carbon fiber elements.