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Here’s a different take on the BMW i3Green Car Reports has come up with a story highlighting Munich’s first electric car being disassembled to learn what makes it tick.

The teardown was carried out by US firm Munro & Associates earlier in the year, and the firm has come up with videos focusing on the vehicle’s carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), interior as well as the battery pack assembly.

While most of the details gained from the reverse engineering are meant to be sold on as information to interested parties, there’s still a bit of info to be gleaned from the videos.

For example, the use of kenaf fibre on the car is already well known, but the stuff isn’t just found on the door panels – the teardown revealed that the material is also used as the substrate for the instrument panel. And the disassembly process showed that the adhesive used to attach the body structure is stronger than the CFRP itself.

The BMW i3 is powered by an electric motor offering 170 hp and 250 Nm and has an operating range of 130-160 km. We’ve tried out the little EV, but unlike the BMW i8, this one won’t be sold here (of course, that was also said about the latter).

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