GLOBE-Net, August 3, 2012 - BMW of North
America announced last week that it will partner with Green
Mountain Energy Company to offer drivers of the BMW ActiveE the
choice to support renewable energy for their cars.
The ActiveE drivers, known as "Electronauts," now have the
opportunity to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from
Green Mountain to cover the estimated electricity that will be used
to charge their electric vehicles (EVs).
"The partnership with Green Mountain is BMW's next step to
procure a sustainable mobility future for our ActiveE
Electronauts," said Rob Healey, EV Infrastructure Manager at BMW of
"We want to ensure all ActiveE drivers have the opportunity to
source their energy needs from renewable generation and this
program is the perfect complement to BMW's ActiveE solar offer.
Based on their experience in renewable energy, Green Mountain is an
ideal partner to support our mission."
As the world's most sustainable automotive company, BMW offers
more than just an emissions-free electric vehicle. BMW is now
expanding the horizon of what electric mobility means by providing
ActiveE drivers with the resources to support clean energy with
"The majority of electricity in the U.S. is generated from
non-renewable, fossil fuel sources, so EVs need to be powered with
clean, renewable energy to be truly emissions-free," said Scott
Hart, president of Commercial Services for Green Mountain.
"BMW is a thought leader in electric
vehicle innovation and their desire to ensure ActiveE drivers have
the option to support renewable energy further demonstrates the
company's commitment to sustainability." Scott Hart,
president of Commercial Services for Green
The generation of electricity from non-renewable, fossil fuel
sources, such as coal, is one of the largest sources of carbon
dioxide (CO2), a primary greenhouse gas. For a one-time
payment of $48.00, ActiveE drivers can purchase renewable
energy certificates (RECs) to ensure the estimated amount
of electricity that will be used to charge their vehicle during the
lease period is replaced with renewable energy.
ActiveE drivers who power their vehicles with renewable energy
for the estimated mileage usage will offset 9,900 lbs of CO2 during
the course of their two year lease, the equivalent of not driving
11,000 miles in a conventional gas-powered car.
The BMW Group's commitment to sustainability goes far beyond the
automobile. In addition to this opportunity to purchase RECs
from Green Mountain, ActiveE drivers can take advantage of a
separate BMW offer to further commit to a clean energy
As of May 2012, ActiveE drivers can install solar panels on
their homes for a discount of approximately 35 percent. With this
program, not only are customers receiving lower installation costs,
but they are also capitalizing on the opportunity to power their
homes - and their zero-emissions BMW ActiveEs - using clean,
renewable solar energy. This solar program, along with the new
partnership with Green Mountain, demonstrates BMW's truly holistic
approach to sustainable mobility.
BMW ActiveE Electronauts ready to drive into an even cleaner
future can visitwww.greenmountain.com/ActiveE to sign
BMW project i - research and development
The BMW ActiveE is the BMW Group's next step towards an
emission-free, mass-produced electric vehicle. Within the framework
of project i, the BMW Group is carrying out research and
development work on the development of electrically powered
The next step will be the BMW i3 due to launch in 2013. It
will be designed to meet the demands of a sustainable mobility
solution for congested urban areas. For this reason, the drive
components and battery technology that will be used in the BMW i3
are being tested now in the BMW ActiveE.
The recent field
test involving more than 600 MINI E cars, including 450 in the US,
have provided vital knowledge about the demands on future
electrically powered production vehicles.
Beginning this year a test fleet of over 1100 BMW ActiveE
vehicles on the road in the US, Europe and China will provide
further valuable insights into the everyday use of the vehicle. 700
BMW ActiveEs are on the road in the US, mostly in private
The findings from this trial will serve to deepen the knowledge
already gained on the everyday use of electric vehicles and to
learn more about customer requirements. The feedback from customers
testing the MINI E and the BMW ActiveE will be fed directly into
series production of the BMW i3, which will be launched in