If somebody paid you $1,000 to unplug your EV, would you? That’s the gist of the BMW i ChargeForward pilot program, which pays people not to plug-in.
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In 2009, BMW launched a pilot program utilizing 450 MINI-E electric cars, using the information gleaned from the study to build the well-received BMW i3. With a brand-new generation MINI being introduced at the L.A. Auto Show, speculation regarding the return of the electrified MINI has one BMW executive noting that EVs fit the MINI […]
The next-gen MINI, due to debut very soon, will not only feature an innovative line of three and four-cylinder engines, but could spawn a plug-in hybrid variant as well.
While the BMW brand is better known for its luxury performance sedans than for its emissions-saving technologies, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the first all-electric BMW. To celebrate, BMW has put out a brief primer on its EV efforts, starting way back in 1972 at the Munich Olympics.
Another step towards market readiness for electro-mobility: The BMW group and the Technical University Munich fired the starting shot for the first project to be showcased in Bavaria-Saxony. Over the coming five months, 25 test drivers will take to Munich’s streets behind the wheels of their own electrically-powered MINI Es.
Has your life ever been changed by a gadget? Apparently some of those who leased the Mini-E in 2009 adapted their lifestyles to suit their cars, and still claimed that the Mini-E suited 90% of their driving needs. Not too shabby. During the summer of 2009, BMW put all-electric Mini-E’s into the hands of about […]
For decades now, automakers have used the famed Nürburgring in Germany as a test bed for performance vehicles. Peugeot recently sent its all-electric EX1 ‘round the ‘Ring, setting a new lap record for EV’s. The Nürburgring is actually comprised of several interlacing tracks, with the main stretch, the Nordschleife, comprising about 20 km, or almost […]
Back in April we brought you news that BMW’s first full production (sadly the Mini E was just an experiment) electric car—the Megacity—will be hitting the market in 2013. The car will make extensive use of carbon fiber to decrease weight and increase structural rigidity. BMW also said it would be of a striking design, […]
Ahead of the 2010 Beijing Auto Show BMW has announced that the company’s first mass-produced electric car will be released in 2013. Having just completed a year’s worth of electric vehicle testing with the Mini E, the BMW group now feels it has collected enough data to go full steam ahead with battery-powered cars. Although […]
There is no race track steeped in as much history as the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in Germany. With over a hundred corners (by some counts) along its 20.8 km length, the course is considered by many to be the most technically demanding in the entire world. Yet, although it is uniquely challenging, one of its largest attractions […]
Here’s a little nugget that suggests range anxiety may be an overblown topic: Northeast Mine E test driver, Tom Moloughney, writes on the Inside Line blog that in the year he’s been driving the car he’s never had a problem with getting stranded. And if there’s anybody who should have had a chance to get […]
[social_buttons] You know electric cars are serious when even Rolls Royce is considering ditching fossil fuel for electrons. The maker of luxury cars renowned the world over for their opulence is seriously considering having an electric version of its luxo-bargo Phantom on the road as early as next year… just in time for the 2012 […]
On Saturday, I spent four hours in the blistering August heat of Palo Alto, California exploring the world of electric cars at the 37th Annual Electric Car Rally and Show. Sponsored by the Electric Automobile Association, Silicon Valley Chapter, the event offered a wide variety of vehicles, people and philosophies. I also enjoyed a remarkably […]
[social_buttons] Like a rock from a slingshot, the MINI E electric car shoots up the onramp and into the traffic flow. Press the accelerator (don’t call it the gas) and the 150 KW motor delivers its 204 horsepower in a burst. You’ll hardly need the brakes. The regenerative braking system kicks in like the flaps […]
[social_buttons] LA County Sheriffs stuck driving Crown Vics are about to be left feeling tragically un-hip. Their Board of Sups just approved a deal with BMW to lease 17 fully electric MINI Coopers. Approved on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will lease the MINI Es for only $10 a month. With a market […]
The BMW mini coups took the U.S. by storm in part, due to its great gas mileage. Well, now BMW has launched the MINI E, an all electric, zero emissions car. Peter Trepp of Pacific Palisades has become the first consumer in the country to drive the car. He will have it for one year […]