2014 BMW i3 Production Begins
Industrial-scale Carbon Fiber manufacturing begins along with it. Yesterday BMW began mass producing its very affordable i3 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). In doing so, it is the first time that carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) will be used in automotive volume production. The entire body is made entirely of this extremely lightweight and durable material canceling out the weight of the Li-Ion batteries in their entirety. BMW said they have invested almost $550 million USD into their Leipzig plant for the production of BMW i3 and upcoming 2015 i8 models.