Tesla, Nissan, and Chevrolet may have gotten the jump on the electric vehicle market, but BMW is putting significant resources behind its electric vehicle initiatives and wants to make sure consumers are ready for them. BMW is introducing a new iPhone app to help potential owners determine if an electric vehicle fits their lifestyle.
BMW EVolve, now available and downloadable from the iTunes app store and later this month in the android market, will help you determine if an EV is right for you by evaluating your daily driving habits. Find out at bmwactivatethefuture.com to see if sparks could fly between you an electric Bimmer.
The green sweep then moves to New York, with the creation of a brand new Mini of Manhattan dealership and significant renovations for BMW of Manhattan, making them both sustainable major urban center dealerships. The renovations include installation of solar panels, low-flow plumbing systems and electric vehicle charging stations, just to name a few. BMW of Manhattan will remain at the same address and is intended to become the future site of a BMW i Center when the company introduces the new i3 and i8 in 2013. Construction of the BMW dealership will be completed by the end of 2012, and the Mini dealer by the end of this year.
Also in its efforts to make the world a better place, BMW unveiled the new ActiveE concept in advance of the New York Auto Show. Based on the 1 Series Coupe, the ActiveE is the first BMW EV. Specially-designed lithium ion batteries featuring liquid heating and cooling, are being used for the first time in a BMW and will allow for range of around 100 miles in typical driving. Seven hundred BMW ActiveE vehicles will electrify their way into select U.S metropolitan markets beginning in the fall, with the reservation process beginning in late summer of this year.