THE AL­TER­NA­TIVE AL­TER­NA­TIVE

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Driving -

For the ul­ti­mate in planet-friendly recharg­ing, the BMW i so­lar car­port sup­plies an av­er­age of 3,6 kw of so­lar power (at peak times on a clear sunny day) to the BMW i Wall­box. South Africa is the first mar­ket to im­ple­ment the com­pany’s so­lar car­port.

En­hanc­ing its Green cre­den­tials, the so­lar car­port is made us­ing a sus­tain­able ma­te­rial, namely bam­boo. Not only is this com­pos­ite ma­te­rial sus­tainan­ble, it has a high strengthto-weight ra­tio that’s use­ful for struc­tures. In ad­di­tion to so­lar car­ports as pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, pri­vate buy­ers will be able to or­der them for home and of­fice use.

The so­lar car­port charg­ing sys­tem can be in­te­grated with home en­ergy man­age­ment sys­tems for greater over­all ef­fi­ciency.

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