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BMW Group Announces Launch of Mobile Parking Service and DriveNow Car-Sharing Service, 70 All-Electric BMW ActiveE Vehicles, in San

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and BMW Group member Dr. Ian Robertson at a news announcing the launch of ParkNow and details of DriveNow on Monday, 20, 2012 at Civic Center in San Francisco, CA. ParkNow, an.

SAN FRANCISCO. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — At a conference with San Francisco Ed Lee. BMW Group Member of the Dr. Ian Robertson today announced the launch of ParkNow, an innovative parking solution that is a venture with Urban and provided new details about a unique premium car-sharing which features a fleet of BMW all-electric vehicles. San Francisco as the initial U.S. market for service.

San Francisco is at the forefront of working to develop and implement approaches to urban challenges, traffic congestion and the need for greener parking systems. are an estimated 505,000 vehicles in San yet only 448,000 parking available at any given time. On the total vehicle population by approximately 35,000. An estimated of all downtown traffic on weekdays is due to searching for a parking spot.

The BMW Group is more than a car company, it is also focused on and delivering new services to help the increasing need for flexible solutions in our cities, said Dr. The premium car-sharing service and parking solution ParkNow help meet that in San Francisco and, ultimately, in cities.

Our introduction of these in San Francisco represents BMW’s to encouraging the development of new mobility that will reduce and congestion and improve the quality of for San Franciscans.

San Francisco is the ‘Innovation of the World’ and the car sharing and EV Capital of said Mayor Lee. I am that BMW has chosen San Francisco as the U.S. site for its innovative and has launched their program with electric vehicles.

which will be available to beginning in September, is an online parking service that users to pay for parking in advance, guaranteed access and clearly rates, based on their preferences. Customers can search for using ParkNow’s mobile app or reserve, pay and then be navigated to the parking facility, reducing spent looking for parking, as as emissions. There are currently 14 locations in and around San Francisco the system. Stations are located the city, close to BART Area Rapid Transit), (San Francisco Municipal bike-sharing stations, as well as at San International Airport, Oakland Airport and in Palo Alto. ParkNow partner operators, America, Towne Park.

ABM Parking and California Parking, launch over 100 additional locations in the coming weeks.

which launched in June in San is a flexible, premium car-sharing offering the opportunity to drive first all-electric vehicle, the BMW with zero emission The fleet of 70 ActiveE vehicles is at eight DriveNow Stations San Francisco. with two additional in Palo Alto and at the San Francisco Airport coming soon. registering online or in-person, can locate and book an available car the DriveNow web site or mobile They can then return the car to the or any other DriveNow Station, for convenient one-way trips, if Stations are located around the close to BART, MUNI and stations.

Through a partnership with Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint the largest network of independently-owned vehicle charging stations, can easily locate a nearby station if they need to during the course of their which has no time limit. and charging is free at DriveNow

All of these initiatives are part of BMW i, a BMW focused on developing sustainable mobility solutions. Richard is the CEO of DriveNow. Gary Neff is the CEO of

BMW is a Launch Partner of the non-profit Parking Council. GPC works at the of parking, green building, technology, renewable energy, grid infrastructure, urban and sustainable mobility. By challenging the industry to collaborate and create sustainable best practices, GPC exceptional industry transformation partnerships, creativity and ingenuity.

BMW i is the automaker’s venture capital created to fund budding companies working to solve challenges in the world’s most populated cities. It has made investments in several companies, Coulomb Technologies. Coulomb’s is the largest online global network, connecting electric drivers to charging stations in than 14 countries.

The investment by BMW supports the development of for plug-in electric vehicles.

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investments include ParkAtMyHouse. an online marketplace designed to home and business owners in earning money by renting space with drivers in of a convenient, safe and cost-effective to park. The service has 20,000 locations and over 150,000 drivers. An international rollout in with BMW i is currently live in the UK,

Canada and the U.S. The first i investment was in MyCityWay , a set of location-aware for urban navigation that users with information on transportation, parking availability and entertainment in San Francisco and 70 other across the U.S. and around the

The BMW i brand also notably two revolutionary new vehicles set to launch in and 2014 the BMW i3 and BMW i8. The BMW i3 and BMW i8 will become the two production vehicles to be purpose-built as and hybrid-electric using entirely new and materials such as lightweight, but carbon fiber reinforced which is being produced at a BMW powered by hydroelectricity in Moses Washington .

BMW Group in America

BMW of North LLC has been present in the United since 1975. Rolls-Royce Cars NA, LLC began distributing in 2003. The BMW Group in the United has grown to include marketing, and financial service organizations for the BMW of motor vehicles, including the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a design consultancy in California; a office in Silicon Valley and other operations throughout the BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC in South Carolina is of BMW Group’s global manufacturing and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Coupes. The BMW Group sales is represented in the U.S. through of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 114 passenger car dealers, and 32 Rolls-Royce Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for America. is located in Woodcliff New Jersey .

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