BMW recently published all sorts of incredibly interesting (extremely detailed) videos on the i3 production process - step by step.

First BMW i3 Getting Handed Over to German Marathon Runner

First BMW i3 Getting Handed Over to German Marathon Runner

One of most important parts for BMW's electric vehicles - lightweight materials - begins its life at the BMW Group and SGL Group joint venture SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers at Moses Lake in the USA.

This is where carbon fibers are produced and then are sent off to BMW for making carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts and carbon fiber structures used in the i3 and soon in the i8.

Production of the finished parts takes place in Germany.

It's worth noting that the electrical energy used at the Moses Lake facility comes entirely from hydroelectric power plants.

 

CFK production SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, Plant Moses Lake.Exterior shots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBjTR0Jk1nM

Production Creel Area.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6uTcUy2Hvc

Oxidation Ovens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfjBWWQrAmQ

Low Temperature Furnace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU6YuaXjuk8

Wanapum and Priest Rapids Dams. Hydroelectirc power plants.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5-Vv5F23MI

Statements Steve Swanson Plant Manager Moses Lake BMW SGL ACF.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIXgl9e39QA

CFK production SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, Plant Wackersdorf.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKMLNUZgXHQ

BMW i3 production, Plant Leipzig. CFK production, preforming facility.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxkGiGeppto

RTM press.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-c9_DNzD0s

Water jet cutting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoPsZXbzolA