BMW/SGL – Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) on Driving the Nation

Dr. Joerg Pohlman, Managing Director of SGL Carbon talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about BMW and SGL’s Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP).

SGL uses a different type of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), produced more like creating fabric.

Producing carbon fiber has been expensive and complex. It can use a lot of electricity and water to produce. Is there a difference in water and electricity in the way SGL produces their Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP).

The initial production is done in Moses Lake, Washington State, located on the Columbia River, using 100% renewable energy, hydropower. Carbon fibers are produced by means of oxidation and carbonization.

The second production facility is located in the Bavarian town of Wackersdorf, Germany in the BMW Group Innovation Park. The carbon fibers are woven into carbon fiber fabrics and created into the the cockpit of the car.

The pieces are sent to Leipzig, Germany to assemble the BMW i3 and BMW i8. The unused parts, just like the unused parts when you cut from fabric to make an outfit, can be created into a roof.

The material has a lower net weight than aluminum or steel and is also incredibly resistant. Its properties also make entirely new vehicle designs possible.

Watch the video to see the production.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.