BMW to Launch Luxury Vegan Electric SUV
Kat Smith, Live Kindly
Feb 5, 2019
BMW released official prototype images of its upcoming luxury electric SUV and according to the company, the interior is completely vegan.
The German car manufacturer first unveiled the concept for its electric SUV – called the iNEXT – last September at the LA Auto Show.
Images of the cabin prototype show a combination of open-pore wood detailing and floors, soft pink textile cloth in the front, and deep teal rear seating with an asymmetrical design. All of the interior is constructed from vegan materials, as reported by Auto Express.
Other special features include a touchscreen that sits on the dashboard and touch-responsive sensors are hidden underneath the wood on the central console. Drivers will be able to pinch and swipe, like you would with a smartphone, to control minor features such as music volume.
The Future of Cars Is Electric
Electric vehicles have come a long way from the oft-ridiculed cars of the 1990s as the threat of carbon emissions becomes more apparent to companies, consumers, and world leaders alike.
Tesla has become a leader in the electric car market – and CEO Elon Musk welcomes competition from others in the name of reducing carbon emissions.
In a 2014 post titled “All Our Patents Are Belong to You,” Musk announced that all Tesla patents would be made public. He reasoned that holding onto patents as intellectual property is counterintuitive to the company’s sustainable mission. He wrote, “Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.”
Musk has also made vegan interior options available for Tesla cars – and hinted that in the future, the car’s steering wheels would also be free from animal-derived materials.
Tesla and BMW are not alone in providing vegan interiors...
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