Bummed because you can’t afford the new BMW i8 plug-in hybrid? Don’t worry, you can still get in on the action. BMW recently announced that it will branch out into the tech accessory industry with its new i Collection.
Inspired by the ideas behind the BMW i-concept, the new family of high-performance accessories will sport an impressive list of eco-friendly technologies and materials, like solar panels and recycled fabric.
The i Collection of lifestyle products will launch in mid-October, and according to BMW, is meant to bring the same careful design principles present in the vehicles to a complementary collection of accessories for the tech-savvy individual. Three of the collection’s headlining products include a Solar Charger, the Urban Mega Shopper and Laptop Bag.
More details from the official press release:
The compact BMW i Solar Charger features a large charging surface and integrated rechargeable battery. “It comes with a charging cable that has a range of different slot-on connectors, allowing you to charge mobile devices and MP3 players without burdening resources.” If you need faster charging from time to time, then a USB port lets you supply the unit’s battery with non-solar power.
The BMW i Urban Mega Shopper is a versatile tote made from olive leaf-tanned leather and a felt-like fabric made from recycled PET plastic.
The Urban Mega Shopper’s spacious main compartment is designed to accommodate the matching BMW i Laptop Bag, whose strong sleeve protects your computer on the move.
The entire BMW i Collection will be available at selected retailers and online at www.bmw-shop.de from October 2013 onwards.