Forged wheels for BMW I3 :With lightness from OTTO FUCHS

As early as 1888, the first car with an electric drive was built by the A. Flocken machine factory in Coburg. But the electrically powered road vehicles were quickly replaced by vehicles with internal combustion engines. The idea is therefore not really new - the technology is.

Today, vehicle manufacturers have completely different options than they did in the 19th century. The focus is on the need for lightweight construction in order to compensate for the extra weight resulting from the heavy batteries. This is where the forged Fuchsfelgen comes in, which thanks to its low weight and aerodynamically favorable styling make an important contribution to reducing weight and thus increasing the range of an electric car.

An innovative prime example is the electric city runabout i3 from BMW. The special thing about it: The i3 rolls exclusively on forged Fuchs rims, as the complex requirements in terms of weight, aerodynamics and range could not be met with cast wheels, while at the same time the installation space was limited.

The superior properties of forged aluminum compared to cast material allow wheel weights of less than 8 kg for a 19 inch and less than 9 kg for a 20 inch wheel. The Fuchsfelge is therefore an effective support for range targets. Ultimately, this means that every kilogram of weight saved in an electric vehicle can be converted into battery capacity. The forged wheel has significant advantages, especially when it comes to innovative, sustainability-oriented vehicle concepts.