I apologize; I know how the headline must have sounded. It would be preposterous that BMW would destroy an entire forest in the name of sustainable mobility. So here’s the reality, the i3 concept that we saw at Frankfurt last year, now features a mixture of leather, wood, wool and other renewable raw materials.

Recently presented to coincide with the opening of the world’s first BMW i Store in Park Lane, London, the new i3 Concept features instruments made from eucalyptus wood sourced from sustainably managed European forests. The wood is treated using natural materials for the expected high-class finish.

Leather in the interior is tanned naturally with an agent made from olive leaves. The olive leave extract also gives the leather a layer of protection against bleaching and wear. Leather joins forces with wool and used for sections of the instrument panel and door trim for that lounge-style ambience.

The Life module, which is a fancy name for its passenger cell, offers plenty of space. There’s no transmission tunnel and the full-width seat benches in front and rear allow occupants to play musical chairs and climb out easily. Especially when the parking spot allows only for one point of exit.

The centre console has also been deleted from this small car. The cockpit features a freestanding steering column that carries the 6.5 inch instrument cluster, start/stop button and gearshift lever. Controls for the audio and climate are found on a display below the 8.8 inch central information display (CID).

Powering the car is the LifeDrive architecture that Paul has exhaustively written about it. New to this concept car are the ECO PRO mode and the ECO PRO+ mode that turns up frugal driving all the way to 11; the car operates at minimum power level.

The BMW i3 will go into production next year.