Published on August 2nd, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


BMW i3s Now in Select Malaysian Dealerships

BMW Malaysia today announced that the i3s will be available for purchase at any of their BMW i Dealerships for just RM278,800. The BMW i3s gets a 184hp/270Nm synchronous electric motor with an all-electric range of 260km. It gets from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 160km/h.

But it’s also built in a sustainable way. The car incorporates recycled and upcycled material. 100% recycled polyester is spun into the fabric that you find on the interior. 34% of the upcycled material in the i3s comes from melting down PET pellets from plastic bottles.

These are used to make the seat covers, floor linings, roof liners as well as foot mats. BMW also made sure 95% of the car was recyclable.

You can read more about the BMW i3s here, as it was covered back in April at its launch. The full press release is also available below.

Press Release

No stranger to sustainability, the BMW i brand has set out to create sustainable luxury for the environmentally conscious. This has culminated in the First-Ever BMW i3s – a car designed from concept until production to incorporate natural, renewable resources and upcycled materials.

Driving the BMW i3s means driving with a clear conscience, and there is more beyond generating zero local emissions. Even before production begins, the BMW i3s was designed to ensure a consistent quota of 95% recyclability, especially for the non-renewable aluminium and copper used in their built.

Here is how the BMW i3s demonstrates the BMW Group’s holistic view of premium electro-mobility. The interior surfaces are made of more than 80% renewable, natural and recycled materials.

A glance from the front passengers’ view will show an impressive instrument panel made of beautiful open-pored eucalyptus wood that is grown and sourced responsibly. Its moisture-resistant surface means it requires 90% less surface processing than conventional wood. In 2013, the BMW Group became the first automotive manufacturer to use eucalyptus wood from 100% certified responsible forestry management.

The door lining and instrument panel cover of the vehicles, which are typically made from petroleum-based plastics are instead replaced with the strong fibres of the Kenaf plant, a plant belonging to the mallow family that transforms an exceptional amount of carbon dioxide into oxygen during its growing phase.

It not only significantly reduces the weight of the vehicle, but its attractive structure also removes the need for lamination, further contributing to the sustainability of the BMW i3s’ design. With the development agency – Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammernarbeit – the BMW Group has trained almost 1,000 local kenaf farmers to ensure sustainable cultivation of this natural material.

The BMW i3s’ car seats reveal a stunning use of naturally-tanned leather with olive leaf extract. The olive leaves are responsibly-sourced from the by-product of olive harvests in the south of Europe, thus preventing a large-scale waste of natural ingredients. The gently-tanned raw leather results in a supple finish that provides a fresh scent to the seats, regulating both moisture and temperature to enhance driving comfort.

100% recycled polyester is spun into fabric to exquisitely furnish the interior of the BMW i3s. The upcycled material, 34% of which is sourced from PET bottles, undergo an innovative process of melting down PET pellets to produce fabric that is not just pleasant to the touch and appealing to the eyes, but also highly durable. The material is then used to make the seat covers, floor linings, roof liners as well as foot mats, replacing up to 25% of the thermoplastic synthetic materials found in conventional vehicles. These underline BMW i’s claim to sustainability down to the last detail.

At the end of their lifespan, much of the BMW i3s is recycled to better regulate its use of natural resources, while ensuring less environmental and economic waste. The BMW Recycling and Dismantling Centre (RDC) in Munich recycles more than 7,500 vehicles a year, setting a clear example within the automotive industry. Apart from examining new recycling concepts, the RDC also works with research institutes to develop better recycling technologies.

With the future of mobility in mind, there is no deterring BMW i as it continues to pave the way forward for sustainability in electrified vehicles of the premium segment. From production to disassembly, the BMW i brand is driven by sustainability and the means to keep the industry thriving without contributing to the environmental damage caused by modernisation.

Complete premium ownership experience.

Owners of the First-Ever BMW i3s will experience the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience which includes:

 BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service
 BMW 2-Year/ 24 Month Tyre Warranty Program for its Run Flat Tyre
offering and services
 BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline
 The BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App – BMW White Card
 BMW Service Online

The retail price (on the road, without insurance, and with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme) is:

The First-Ever BMW i3s – RM 278,800.00

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