Collision Hub released an interesting video with a review of the procedures for a rail and apron replacement on the new BMW i3.
Also, this time there is a lot of glue involved, as the procedures require special rivet bonding.
As noted in the video, technology evolves and it will be more and more complex/expensive for independent bodyshops to deal with new repair methods.
"You've heard about Aluminum and Rivet repair procedures in today's collision repair centers, but have you seen it?"
"In this episode of Repair University we review the procedures for a rail and apron replacement on the new BMW I3. From proper fixture to preparation of the replacement parts, using a rivet bonding procedure will create new obstacles in today's bodyshops."