BMW Group: harnessing green power from the pastures

BMW Group | February 05, 2020

BMW Group: harnessing green power from the pastures
When it comes to building cars, sustainability is a major consideration for the BMW Group. Electric vehicles, in particular, should meet this standard throughout planning and production, as well as during their use phase. Every BMW electric vehicle must deliver a better carbon footprint throughout its lifecycle than a comparable vehicle with a conventional drive train – from procurement of raw materials, to supply chain and production, to the use phase and recycling. Through a partnership with the Straus Organic Dairy Farm, the BMW Group is now taking sustainability to the next level: using green power to drive its vehicles and, at the same time, reduce agricultural greenhouse gases.

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Rapid prototyping has become a game-changing innovation for designers, engineers, and manufacturers since it was introduced two decades ago. Previously, prototypes would be constructed from wood or metal in woodwork or machine shops. The process took weeks or months and the cost was often so prohibitive that designers skipped prototypes entirely and went directly from CAD to tooling. Often this meant that design flaws were not identified until manufacturing began, leading to expensive re-work and lost time.

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Rapid prototyping has become a game-changing innovation for designers, engineers, and manufacturers since it was introduced two decades ago. Previously, prototypes would be constructed from wood or metal in woodwork or machine shops. The process took weeks or months and the cost was often so prohibitive that designers skipped prototypes entirely and went directly from CAD to tooling. Often this meant that design flaws were not identified until manufacturing began, leading to expensive re-work and lost time.