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BMW i Vision Circular concept teased

The Ultimate Circular Economy Machine will make its debut at the Munich motor show, which kicks off next week.

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Derek Fung
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No, it’s not a test you take at the ophthalmologist. The i Vision Circular is BMW’s main attraction at the upcoming Munich motor show.

According to BMW, the concept embodies its commitment to embrace the circular economy aimed at reducing the environmental impact of goods and services by adhering to the principles of rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle.

As such, the i Vision Circular concept is made completely from secondary materials or renewable raw materials. It is also 100 per cent recyclable.

The automaker has yet to reveal another details about the car, but we can see from the teaser image it will be a small vehicle with a people mover silhouette.

We expect the concept will be based on the company’s upcoming Neue Klasse platform.

Announced in March this year, the new architecture is designed primarily to support electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, and will make its production debut in 2025.

While BMW embraced electrification early with the i3 hatch and i8 supercar, it failed to follow these models up.

Unlike its German competitors, it doesn’t currently have a dedicated modular EV architecture. Instead Bavarian firm is currently rolling out electric versions for existing model lines, with the iX3 and i4, for example, based on the X3 and 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Mercedes-Benz says it will go all EV by 2030 “where market conditions allow”, and Audi will be electric only by 2033 outside of China, but BMW has yet to set a date to ditch internal combustion engines.

BMW does expect 50 per cent of global sales to be EVs by 2030, though. And its Mini brand will be fully electric by 2030 too.

MORE: BMW starting ‘Neue Klasse’ electric era in 2025
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Derek Fung
Derek Fung

Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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