WATCH: BMW Group talks circular economy and sustainable urban transport at 2021 IAA Mobility


During his keynote speech at the 2021 IAA Mobility, BMW Group Chairman Oliver Zipse talked about how the brand looks to push its plans for a circular economy and sustainable urban mobility.

You can check the video of the keynote speech here.

“The BMW i Vision Circular provides a glimpse of our circular future. It shows our mindset, our long-term objective, and how bold our thinking really is,” said Zipse, referring to the BMW Group’s latest concept, a four-seater compact EV envisioned for the year 2040.


This new concept car aligns with the company’s self-defined objectives which include a 1.5°C target for the limitation of global warming, a 50-percent reduction in global CO2 use-phase emissions by 2030, and to put around 10 million all-electric vehicles on the road within the next 10 years.

At the forefront of this electric offensive are the BMW iX and the BMW i4. In addition, fully electric versions of the high-volume BMW 5 Series and the BMW X1 will follow in the years to come.


The BMW CE 04 will also be a part of the BMW Group’s approach in pursuing an electromobility strategy for metropolitan areas alongside groundbreaking concepts like the BMW i Vision Amby (first photo below), BMW Motorrad Vision Amby (second photo below), and the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 (third photo below).


“We have included circularity in our concept right from the start when designing the BMW i Vision Circular. That's why this visionary vehicle is full of innovative ideas that combine sustainability with new and inspiring aesthetics — we call this approach Circular Design,” explains BMW Group Design Head, Adrian van Hooydonk.

The BMW Group recognizes that putting out a higher number of electric vehicles does not entirely accomplish the goal of climate-friendly mobility. That’s why they are reducing the use of primary material and the related environmentally harmful exploitation of resources in manufacturing their future offerings.

By using the BMW Group’s “Secondary First” approach, it aims to significantly increase the use of secondary materials in the production of vehicles. The BMW Group also looks to create vehicles in the future that are made from recycled materials, and are in the same way, themselves recyclable.

Photos from BMW Group

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