Monika Dernai, head of BMW’s sustainability team, believes that creating long-lasting cars can be good for the environment. She says that an important way for the auto industry to reduce its environmental impact could be to make cars that last longer than currently available. This will reduce waste and the car’s impact on the environment, she said. During an interaction with AutoExpress, she said that automakers need to think about extending the life of their cars by introducing new designs, new materials, etc.
Talking about the environmental impact of the auto industry, Dernai said it’s a very complex issue. “We really need to think about extending the life of our cars; Dernai says there’s no used car market where you sell cars to each other, but you can take the car and prolong its life,” says Dernai, who also says the idea could be to refresh the interior.
The auto industry is blamed for its enormous impact on the environment, be it in the manufacturing process of the vehicle or the overall lifespan of the vehicle. Several countries around the world are looking to phase out vehicles powered by internal combustion engines in favor of new and more environmentally friendly electric vehicles. However, despite this effort, one issue that is often overlooked is the enormous environmental impact of electric vehicle production. Swedish car company Volvo stated that steel accounts for an average of 33% of vehicle carbon emissions and that the global steel industry emits 7% of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
To address concerns about the environmental impact of the automotive industry, Dernai believes that industry players need to introduce new skill sets in the aftermarket and are also required to design cars so that they can Seats can be removed and new seats can be moved in. .This makes even a used car look like new. “We needed new skills in after-sales service and designing cars so that the seats could be removed and new seats could be moved in – then a used car would look like a used car. new car,” said Dernai. She explains that this can lead to owners not buying a new car. BMW car and society as a whole benefits from that,” she added.
First published date: November 27, 2022, 16:23 PM IST