BMW Reportedly Wants Stake in Carbon-Fiber Specialist
Details of the Megacity vehicle remain sketchy, but there may be several alternatively-powered variants, including an all-electric model. The $100-million BMW-SGL manufacturing site in Moses Lake, WA, will not produce the carbon-fiber body panels – the facility will create the carbon fibers used in the panels from raw materials called acrylic polymer. The U.S. plant will take the acrylic materials and process them into carbon fibers that will be shipped to Germany for processing into fabric sheets for the car’s body panels. Germany’s Volkswagen Group currently holds an 8% investment in SGL, according to the German newspaper.