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BMW Exec Trashes Electric Tax Credits at Launch of ActiveE

BMW electric car, at BMW Manhattan event, April 2011

In the of product promotion, remembering to not say things about your has to be number one.

It’s a BMW North America President and CEO Jim seems to have forgotten fact while taking in a public event.

Speaking on at an event in Manhattan marking the phase in BMW’s electric car due to start this Fall,  waxed lyrical about his own of electric vehicles and the U.S. tax credits given to help buy them.

Sadly, his opinions are hardly and sound a little like we’ve heard voiced by from other German

“ (EVs) won’t work for people ” O’Donnell stated. “ For at 90 percent and maybe more of the (an EV) won’t work. ”

His evaluation us as a little odd, especially most daily commutes in the are within the 35 mile mile range offered by the 2011 Volt and well within the 73 range offered by the 2011 Leaf.

On the tax credit system, O’Donnell was candid.

BMW ActiveE electric at BMW Manhattan media event, 2011


“ I believe in a free I think we should abolish all tax ” he said, making clear  he was his own opinions rather than of the company. “ What they are is putting a bet on technology, which is not As a taxpayer, I am not sure this is the way to go. ”

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If O’Donnell is so against tax credits and cars, what of the future of ActiveE program and new BMWi

No. Both are apparently safe, the ActiveE lease scheme due to later this year and the i3 and i8 set to launch by 2013.

O’Donnell reiterated that he the technology behind electric was being given an unfair over other fuel such as clean Diesel also being developed by BMW and he wanted a “ level playing ” between all so-called “green” technologies.

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O Donnnell admitted BMW will take federal tax credit even if he disagreed with the We guess you can t look a $ 7,500 in the mouth, even if you morally to how it came into existance.

Beyond that though, we can t see BMW any favors to early adopters of cars, nor to those who seek to buy its i3 or i8 when they launch in a few s time. For now, BMW appears to be a member of the electric vehicle

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