It's a hard life running an expensive electric car, one that calls for plenty of inward introspection about how much you love the planet. So, better add a sleek and stylish solar-powered charging carport to the shopping list!
Still very much a concept by BMW DesignworksUSA, this elegant and simple charging solution is designed to provide a home for your new BMW i3 or i8—though, presumably, the idea wouldn't be limited to BMWs alone. Mocked up in bamboo and carbon fibre, it certainly wouldn't be hard to turn into reality. Tom Allemann of BMW Designworks USA explained to Motor Authority:
"With the solar carport concept we opted for a holistic approach: not only is the vehicle itself sustainable, but so is its energy supply. This is therefore an entirely new generation of carports that allows energy to be produced in a simple and transparent way. It renders the overarching theme of lightweight design both visible and palpable."
Of course, it's unlikely you'll charge your car entirely on sunlight alone, so it would still need to be plumbed into your domestic electricity supply. But it's still a neat idea, and a way to make a green idea even greener.
Unlike a lot of concepts, it's also incredibly likely to happen, though perhaps with more modest material choices. So, one day you might park up in a beautiful solar charging carport like this. Also, one day you might also own a BMW. One day. [Motor Authority]