With the BMW i Vision Circular, the BMW Group is demonstrating the consistent design of a car according to the principles of a circular economy. The overall design goal of this visionary vehicle was to create a vehicle that is optimized for closed material cycles and achieves a rate of 100% recycled materials or 100% recyclability. In addition to bio-based and certified raw materials, materials that have already passed through a product life cycle – so-called secondary materials – are used for this purpose. This also applies to the energy storage system: The solid-state battery of the BMW i Vision Circular is 100% recyclable and almost completely made from recycled materials. At the same time, it will achieve a considerably higher energy density with significantly fewer of the most valuable resources. “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 Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. Circular Design is based on the four principles RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.
Factory 56 - The factory of the future where the EQS is born
A few months before the start of production of the EQS, a video shot inside the futuristic Factory 56 shows us the production processes that will give life to the first full-electric flagship of the Star. Flexible, digital, efficient and sustainable: Factory 56 embodies the future of Mercedes-Benz production and sets new standards for the automotive industry. With an investment of around 730 million euros, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen is a clear commitment to Germany, the company's home. In total, Mercedes-Benz is investing around 2.1 billion euros in the Sindelfingen site. At the same time, Factory 56 is increasing efficiency by 25 percent compared to the previous S-Class assembly. Production within Factory 56 is characterized by maximum flexibility; both in terms of the number of models and production volume, as well as material flows. New models - from compact cars to SUVs, from conventional hybrids to plug-in hybrids and electric drives - can be integrated into series production in just a few days. Production can be adjusted quickly and flexibly to meet market demand. In line with Ambition 2039, Factory 56 is a carbon-neutral factory - completely CO2- neutral and with significantly reduced energy requirements. This is made possible by, among other things, its innovative energy concept with a photovoltaic system, a DC power grid and energy storage systems based on reused vehicle batteries. Innovative technologies and processes that have been implemented consistently and comprehensively throughout the assembly hall, providing the best possible support for employees in their daily work. The Factory 56 concept will gradually be transferred to all Mercedes-Benz automotive plants worldwide.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks celebrated the world premiere of its battery-electric eActros for heavy-duty short-radius distribution. With the first series-produced electric truck to bear a three-pointed star, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is ringing in a new era and simultaneously highlighting its clear desire to achieve CO2-neutral road-based goods transport. The standard model of the eActros is planned to roll off the production line in Wörth am Rhein (Germany) from autumn 2021. The findings from the "eActros innovation fleet" which started in 2018 and the close exchanges with customers have been incorporated into the development of the series-production model. Alongside this, proven features such as MirrorCam and the Multimedia Cockpit Interactive have been adopted in the standard specification. The eActros is now ready to assist customers of Mercedes-Benz Trucks on the road to CO2-neutral transport services.
Hispano Suiza and competition have gone hand in hand since its inception in 1904. Since those years, participation in some of the most prestigious races of the time has not only given the brand an important national and international visibility, but has also allowed the brand to learn about the behavior of its vehicles brought to the highest level of demand, a key task to continue offering its customers increasingly powerful, reliable and, ultimately, better cars. In its new stage, Hispano Suiza has maintained this philosophy. Both the Hispano Suiza Carmen, as well as its more powerful version, Carmen Boulogne - which honors its triumphs in the George Boillot Cup, in Boulogne, a century ago - have been designed by competition engineers, and their development is in charge of authentic pilots racing. Likewise, Hispano Suiza officially participates in the new 100% electric SUV championship, Extreme E, an innovative category that promotes values as important as sustainability, equality and electrification, and that will also provide valuable knowledge that the brand can apply in future models .