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40 Years of BMW Electric Vehicles

by Tim Jones on December 11, 2012 at 05:28:56 PM
40 Years of BMW Electric Vehicles

Starting in 1969, BMW constructed two experimental vehicles on the basis of the BMW 02 Series with the aim of investigating the suitability of an electric drive unit for practical driving When the first production version of the BMW i3 rolls off the assembly line in Leipzig in late 2013, it will mark the provisional culmination of 40 years of development work at BMW.

One of the issues with electric vehicles (EVs) such as the BMW ActiveE is that the electricity required to charge up the on board batteries comes from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas. The carbon emissions of burning of these fuels to make electricity offsets the emissions free nature of an EV. BMW has partnered with Green Mountain Energy so ActiveE Electronauts can offset the power plant...










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