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BMW & Electric Vehicles

BMW sold 100,000 plug-in cars this year: more than GM, probably Nissan too (Tesla TBD)

BMW Group headquarters transformed into batteries in MunichBMW Group headquarters transformed into batteries in Munich

You have to hand it to BMW.

When the German automaker set out to eclipse last year’s sales of plug-in cars by delivering 100,000 electrified vehicles globally this year, it was an ambitious goal.

But as of the end of November, the automaker has achieved its goal—and in so doing has sold nearly as many electrified vehicles this year as it did between the time it launched the i brand in 2013 and the end of 2016.

That sales achievement puts it ahead of General Motors and very likely Nissan, two other companies known for sales of their electric and electrified vehicles.

However, BMW derives most of its electrified success from plug-in hybrids, not full battery-electric vehicles as Nissan does with its Leaf and e-NV200 small electric delivery van.

Tesla has also projected it will deliver more than 100,000 electric cars by the end of the year, though we won’t know if it met that goal until early January.

2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car [photo: Chris Neff]2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car [photo: Chris Neff]

BMW celebrated its 100,000 milestone by painting its Munich headquarters with light, turning the four cylindrical buildings into pseudo batteries in the night.

“We deliver on our promises,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “This 99-metre-high signal is lighting the way into the era of electro-mobility.”

“Selling 100,000 electrified cars in one year is an important milestone, but this is just the beginning for us.”

Recently, BMW expanded its i brand with the addition of the BMW i8 Roadster in Los Angeles. Both the i8 coupe and Roadster gain larger battery packs and enhanced range.

The BMW i3 also received updates this year with the addition of a sportier i3s model.

In the near future, BMW will introduce an electrified version of the BMW X3—likely called iX3 when it goes on sale in 2020.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show2019 BMW i8 Roadster, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Its name follows the company’s recent trademarking iX1 through iX9, setting up a naming convention for future electrified crossovers and SUVs.

Even sooner, a fully electric Mini will join the ranks in 2019 to complement the Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 currently on sale.

However, BMW’s i brand flagship, codenamed iNext and rumored to be called i9, won’t arrive until 2021.

In all, the German manufacturer plans to offer 25 electrified models, of which 12 will be fully electric, by 2025.

BMW accounts for 21 percent of electrified vehicle market share in Europe, which is 6 percent of all BMWs delivered on the continent.

The company also claimed in its release a 10-percent share of the global electrified vehicle market as of the end of November.

Super Discount on Brand New Nissan All Electric Leaf!

EarthKind Energy has been working with Sustainable Westchester to create a Clean Transportation Project, and has now partnered with Nissan on the All-Electric Leaf.

We have been able to expand the discount program to ALL Central Hudson customers.

Any Central Hudson customers can now purchase a new 2017 Nissan Leaf for about ½ price (less than $15,000).

The Leaf gets 107 mile per charge, and is a great vehicle for the 90% of American’s trips that are less than 30 miles.

While they are going fast and there is a limited quantity – there are still Leaf’s available at Kingston Nissan.

EarthKind Developing Electric Vehicle Program in Westchester County, NY

Ron presented on the Sustainable Westchester Clean Transportation Project, Electric Vehicles (EV), and EV Charging Stations to the Town of Ossining Board meeting on March 21st.

The Board voted to approve the Town’s $48,000 grant application for 3 new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, plus another $5,000 grant that will cover the entire first year’s cost for a new leased EV. The Municipal Lease that EarthKind arranged for will result in spreading the dramatically discounted price of $22,000 for a new Nissan Leaf over 5 years – at zero interest!

Ron starts at 1.46.41, and his presentation is here.

Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg’s blog on Ron’s work is here.

$10 Billion Purchase for 110,000 Electric Vehicles

While the federal government is backing away from the fuel economy standards that were driving a transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs) – local municipalities are now joining together to lead the way. EarthKind is honored to be the Clean Transportation Project director for Sustainable Westchester’s EV program (http://sustainablewestchester.org/2016/08/electric-vehicles/). Nationally, we will be joining villages, towns, cities and counties who are creating $10+ Billion of demand.

Electric Vehicle Week


Electric Vehicles are coming. 90% of American’s trips are shorter than 30 miles, so we could all use EV’s most of the time. If you pay 12c per kilowatt hour for electricity (from your utility, or via a reasonable Solar Power Purchase Agreement) – driving an electric vehicle is equivalent to paying $1.00 per gallon for gas. Plus there is less maintenance (no oil changes) – and zero emissions. While Tesla is leading, virtually every car manufacturer has electric vehicles. And, with plug-in hybrids, you don’t have to worry about not finding a charging station, as your engine switches over to gas when you need it for longer distances.

September 10-18th is National Drive Electric Week – “a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” https://driveelectricweek.org/

In the Hudson Valley, there are 2 events where you can find out about – and even test drive – electric vehicles this weekend:

Ulster County
DATE: Sat., Sept. 17th
TIME: 11AM – 3PM
LOCATION: Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair Street, Lot 2
EVENT LINK: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=837

Dutchess County
DATE: Sun., Sept 18th
TIME: 12 Noon – 4PM
LOCATION: Galleria Mall, Poughkeepsie, Dick’s Sporting Goods Parking Lot
EVENT LINK: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=538

Tesla New Model 3 Sparks Renewed Interest in Electric Cars!


Tesler’s newest model has awakened a huge interest and desire for electric cars.
The Union of Concerned Scientists have published a report this week about the state of electric vehicles in California. Over 200,000 electric cars have been sold in the state at the time of the report. The Union estimates the reduction of over 56 million gallons of gas use by these new cars. That is a very significant amount of CO2 that is not ending up in the atmosphere. Read the NY Times Article Here!

Nissan Introduces a Possible Energy Future

Electric Car Charging Station

This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere.  Kind of like community solar model gone wild.  It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be.   OK,  lots of people will be cynical watching the video,   but it is the dreamers who initiate changes in civilizations. Watch video here!

2015 Year In Review for Renewable Energy

 Great summary of major advances that have been made in the field of renewable energy in 2015. Battery storage development strongly moving ahead – we will see full electric storage enter the market sooner then you think! And electric cars and their chargers are nationally becoming more common place!     read more!investment-solar-wind-energy