Bmw, Volkswagen considering buying more shares in SGL Carbon

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 17, 2011

As you may know already, Bmw’s i3 electric car will built passenger cabins made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic supplied by SGL Carbon, a manufacturer which also attracted Volkswagen’s attention. For those who don’t know, back in March, Volkswagen acquired an 8.2 stake in SGL Carbon, a move that caught Bmw attention.

Now, both manfuacturers are considering increasing their stakes in carbon fiber producer SGL Carbon in order to get control the company. According to German magazine Der Spiegel a Bmw manager said that the Bavarian manufacturer has an essential interest in the carbon manufacturer.

According to the same German magazine, Bmw is still considering which would be the number of shares it could buy. It appears that Bmw has to acquire over 20 percent in order to gain majority control over SGL together with billionaire Susanne Klatten.

Klatten owns 29 percent of SGL. On the other side, Volkswagen said that if the price is right, it could increase its stake in SGL. Volkswagen aso has an allied and we are talking about shareholder Voith, which owns a 9.1 percent stake in SGL. In this way, Volkswagen will need to acquire only 7 percent in order to block the minority.

The new BMW i3

The way things are going, the world appears to be heading to a state of economic, ecological, and likely social upheaval. This is also true when it comes to personal mobility. There is now a need to come up with new alternatives considering that the rate of urbanization is increasing, the resources are decreasing, and there are other global developments occurring like climate change.

The BMW i is offering itself as a solution. It’s not surprising as BMW has long been known to be a brand that promotes inspiring design and imaginative vehicle concepts. BMW is also showing the world a new understanding when it comes to the premium class, especially one that clearly shows sustainability. Under the BMW i program, the brand has come up with the BMW i3, a zero-emission option that has been wrapped in a premium package and delivers pure driving pleasure.

As this is the first model from the BMW Group to be powered solely by electricity, it offers customers an opportunity to have a new experience when it comes to sustainability, connectivity on an urban setting, and driving pleasure.

With the i3, the brand is able to exhibit clearly that it is possible to have its standard sporting capability combined with the efficiency expected from a four-seater vehicle. The concept is indeed innovative considering that the passenger compartment is composed of a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic or CFRP. This concept mixes excellent space with lightness, safety, and stability.

Using the services of the 360° ELECTRIC and the BMW Connected Drive, both made specifically for the i3, it results in mobility services and driver assistance systems that ensure zero-emission mobility is truly a compelling driving experience on a daily basis. Powering the i3 is an electric motor with output at 125 kW (170 hp) and maximum torque coming it at 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.).

This power is then transmitted automatically to the wheels in the rear through the single-speed transmission. The electric motor gets its energy from storage cells composed of lithium ion and integrated to the underfloor section of the car. Since the battery units are positioned in the middle part and have been lowered as well, it results in the i3 having a lower center of gravity. Combined with the weight distribution, it helps enhance the agility of this model.

On the average, a fully charged battery allows the i3 to reach around 130 to 160 kilometers (81 to 99 miles). Once depleted, the batter can be charged using a public charging station, BMW iWallbox, or the standard conventional domestic power socket.

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