BMW 13 Will Have Lower Insurance Costs Due to The Carbon Fiber Repairs Oktober 2017
What you see above is a carbon fiber frame supporting the 13 BMW. These lightweight materials will enable vehicle plug-ins to set itself apart from the competition in a variety of ways (weight, the most important, but also space and stiffness), but what we did not expect was that the new bit-made will help reduce the cost of repairs and BMW insurance cost. It might sound was the opponent, but that`s what Manuel Sattig, communications manager for BMW i, said AutoblogGreen recently. Does not make sense, but like so many others in the new universe, plug-in vehicles, it requires a new way of thinking BMW i3 finance.
When the BMW project I started in 2007, the company started with a blank sheet of paper figuratively BMW i3 insurance. There are some rules, of course. "Every idea, every technology, every revolution or new materials that we come up with BMW finally got to allow the entire BMW Group," said Sattig. "That is, yes, there are plans to bring carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) throughout our fleet." BMW will integrate the level of carbon fiber to another model between the still to be assessed and Sattig BMW said first and foremost focusing on the launch of 13 and i8 and find out how, right, works in a serial production of carbon fiber vehicle. However, big dreams, and CFRP, Sattig called "lightweight materials for the whole future of the company."
Together with the curb weight, CFRP will change your insurance and improve the equation for the vehicle i. the material itself is expensive-no question- but the full picture Sattig word ends with a lower price tag. "When we assessed the carbon fiber, we started doing security, accident and repair concept from the beginning because only make a decision on carbon fiber and then, when we finished, see [information] will be a big risk," he said. "Carbon fiber is, of course, new materials. Our dealers have to be trained to repair system specific. However, if you look 13, if the car has a little minor damage, someone hit you at traffic lights or bump into you in the parking lot , you do not hit carbon fiber, you are most damaging plastic exterior. They can be easily replaced when you click on the damaged and replace it with a new one. If you have an accident is stronger, then, of course, carbon fiber is damaged. The interesting thing is a carbon fiber does not change shape, so the only damage is happening in this country and was broken only in certain areas. "
It is a miracle that will reduce costs. Passenger cell rather than Sattig say 13 is made of 30-35 different components that can be cut out and a new one in glued. To reduce the time left for the improvement of higher material costs, Sattig said, which means that, if damaged, CFRP is the price at the same level as a conventional car. With cheap plastic shell in the mix, lower total cost of repairs. "The concept of our improvement," he said. "We share with NHTSA and comparable agencies in Europe and the insurance industry and ... they decided to come up with an insurance system is very low."