In an electric vehicle, use of carbon fiber can make sense. Its lightweight characteristics help to offset the bulk of the on-board batteries. As BMW global sales head Ian Robertson explained:
Beyond the electric vehicle, where does carbon fiber fit in? Well it's really quite simple. Carbon fiber reduces weight and has excellent crash safety characteristics so it could feasibly be used in any vehicle to help increase fuel efficiency while maintaining high safety standards. As Robertson added:By using carbon fiber, which is a little more expensive but 30 percent lighter, you don't need as many batteries for the same range. There's a trade-off that actually works.
We will be the first manufacturer to take carbon fiber to effectively high volume. We are developing a lot of volume technology here.