BMW was the first to switch to tires using FSC certified natural rubber and rayon fiber. They will be used in plug-in hybrids BMW X5 xDrive45e produced by the American BMW Group Plant Spartanburg.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization that sets standards for responsible forest management to combat climate change. BMW and FSC have been cooperating for several years. In 2013, the German manufacturer began using FSC wood for the i3’s interior; in 2017, the parties jointly advocated the development of rules for the cultivation of rubber plants in Thailand; in 2020, FSC veneer was used in the BMW iX crossover.
The next step is to get the world’s first tire certificate. The document confirms that natural rubber and viscose fiber for their production were obtained in compliance with modern environmental safety standards. The R22 tires will be produced by the Pirelli plant in the US state of Georgia. They will then be transported to the BMW Group Plant Spartanburg and installed on the BMW X5 xDrive45e hybrids.
According to BMW, the 394-horsepower X5 xDrive45e consumes 1.2-1.7 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers and emits 27-39 grams of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every kilometer. Given the European power structure, the hybrid is 40 percent cleaner than the X5 xDrive40i. And if you use energy only from renewable sources, then this figure will increase to 70 percent.
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