DC 2010 BMW says Mini E drivers «delighted» with their electric cars

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DC 2010: BMW says Mini E delighted with their cars

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BMW released some of the findings of a conducted with University of Davis yesterday about how in the Mini E test program to their small electric (EVs). The BMW message was totally the headline was Mini E Drivers with Electric Vehicle but the reality isn’t quite as as BMW made it sound. Read on that here.

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So, who are the respondents? Of the 450 Mini E in the world, UC Davis got detailed 57 self-selected participants. BMW also some German Mini E and found there were between how they recharged vehicles and how the Americans did.

said that most drivers plugged in the car as soon as got home, no matter how far they Most Germans, on the other only recharged when actually needed to, when the car was low on In either case, Steinberg charging is not a big issue with early adopters, even an extensive network of public stations.

Of course, the remaining key with the Mini E is that no room for a lot of cargo or more two people. The company’s ActiveE. was displayed prominently on the stand, these problems. As reported, a trial program for the ActiveE to the Mini E leases will in 2011.

BMW will use data from of these programs to build Project i Mega-City Vehicle, who knows when.

MINI E Delighted with Electric Experience

* 26.01.2010

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UCDavis study shows enjoy driving MINI E. sets stage for next of BMW Group Mega-City Vehicle

Woodcliff Lake, NJ January 26, 12:55pm EST. The BMW Group announced at the Washington Auto the first results from a study conducted in cooperation the University of California (UC Davis) and leasing MINI E electic as part of a year-long program to real world use patterns. The E program is the first large field test of current electric vehicles and therefore a realistic light on both the and challenges from this new form of mobility.

The UC Davis results of 57 drivers, combined updates continually provided the log books of all 450 users show the

* The range of about 100 miles is for most daily needs

* at home provides enough for most daily driving

* for additional charging is centered on the of work, or where sufficient is spent during the day (shopping stadiums, etc.)

* Driving the MINI E is a delightful and there is no sacrifice of real car

* Unmet demands focus on enough space for four and more cargo to stimulate more use of an electric vehicle

been a lot of conjecture about vehicle user demands and the first to the market with ‘real world use’ we’re now able to shed accurate light on this said Rich Steinberg, EV Operations and Strategy for BMW of North What they shared us is that, for the most part, the E suits their daily needs and that they enjoy driving it. This us optimistic that electric have a role in the future of in America by being a part of the vehicle mix.

More 1,800 people and organizations to be part of this ground-breaking trial of 450 MINI Es now on the road in the US. that, 450 were selected on specific criteria that the amount and type of use in which would engage, home to installation of a fast charging and desire to be engaged in a field that requires continual

MINI E drivers provide feedback that has already invaluable to the development work done by the BMW Group’s Project i on is called a Mega-City Vehicle the innovative program to develop a transportation solution to the demands of the biggest cities in the 21st This vehicle is scheduled to be just before the mid-point of decade.

The self-selected group of 57 that to participate in the UC Davis survey is of a more extensive research Feedback from this shows that the range of the E enables drivers to use it for most driving needs. Reported under normal circumstances between 70 100 miles with 45 reporting a typical range of 100

MINI E drivers reported an trip length of approximately 30 Other studies have that driver’s in the US average 40 miles per day1. This the range of the MINI E suitable for daily driving needs.

households in the study have the primary vehicle of one driver the MINI E. One-third of the participants reported driving the MINI E more than the household it replaced. The lack of a back and a usable trunk, rather range, is most often the the MINI E is not chosen for a particular

Drivers have also that driving the MINI E is Most adapted quickly to the of the Brake Energy Regeneration and like the feeling of control it them in being able to extend the range of their E by how they drive. Brake Regeneration captures energy lost on deceleration and coverts it electrical energy to recharge the All drivers in the US study said enjoy using one pedal to and decelerate.

Many reported that they became acustomed to the BER they enjoyed driving conventional vehicles less.

The found that keeping the E charged did not pose a problem. in the US requires four five and, while it wasn’t necessary based on their needs, about half of the in the study report recharging as a matter of routine. Additional away from their charging station by-and-large unnecessary.

BMW X6 Electric Cars

This first has provided Project i with insight as it prepares for its second trial with the BMW ActiveE. The drivetrain developed for the BMW ActiveE be used in the BMW Group’s first Vehicle. The newly developed and compact lithium-ion battery in the BMW ActiveE vehicle features heating and cooling in order to a more consistent and predicatable range. Smartphone apps enable the user to remotely the available range of the BMW ActiveE’s

The apps will also the driver to begin heating or the interior of the BMW ActiveE and thus the while still connected to the This will allow the to function at its optimal operating without affecting the range of the

The field trial for the BMW ActiveE begin in 2011. As announced at the American International Auto earlier this month, extensions will be offered to a of MINI E drivers who wish to their electric driving until the BMW ActiveE becomes

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 Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Coupes.

The BMW Group sales is represented in the U.S. through of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 335 BMW Sports Vehicle centers, 142 BMW motorcycle 90 MINI passenger car dealers, and 31 Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Corp. the BMW Group’s sales for North America, is located in Lake, New Jersey.

The BMW Group

The BMW is one of the most successful manufacturers of and motorcycles in the world with its MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a company, the BMW Group operates 24 facilities in 13 countries and has a global network in more than 140

The BMW Group achieved a global volume of more than million automobiles and over motorcycles for the 2008 financial Revenues for 2008 totaled EUR billion, with earnings interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 921 The company employed a global of approximately 98,000 associates as of 30, 2009.

The success of the BMW Group has been built on long-term and responsible action. The company has established ecological and social throughout the value chain, product responsibility and a clear to conserving resources as an integral of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW has been ranked industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the five years.

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