We do not use any rare earths in the electric drive of our 5th generation e-motors. In manufacturing the batteries for our electrified vehicles we use 100% green electricity – as do our suppliers for the battery cells. Furthermore, our batteries can be recycled to a level of more than 90%. As a benchmark in matters of sustainability, we have specified additional production standards:
- In collaboration with our suppliers, we are aiming to convert our steel production step by step so that it is practically CO2-free. In the coming years, the agreements with Salzgitter AG and H2 Green Steel will cover more than 40% of the steel demand in the European plants of the BMW Group.
- Since 2020, we have been obtaining all our electricity purchased externally from renewable energy sources
- Since 2021, all of our locations have been completely CO2-neutral due to offsetting measures
- Our paints use a water-based production process. In addition, the BMW Group uses matt paints derived 100% from organic waste in its plants in Europe and South Africa.
- as from 2025 (New Class):
At the forefront of production for the New Class is a process with CO2 reduced through the use of green electricity and secondary materials. Battery cells are produced with cobalt, lithium and nickel, which contains a proportion of secondary materials. Furthermore, the manufacturers commit to producing only with electricity from renewable energies. In this way, the BMW Group is able to reduce the CO2 footprint in battery cell production by up to 60% compared with the current generation of battery cells.
The raw materials cobalt and lithium used in the new battery cell generation originate from certified mines. This provides us with transparency for the extraction methods and assures that the mining is conducted responsibly.