Electric Vehicles at the Olympics

With the Olympics only days away, Olympic-branded vehicles have begun appearing on the capital’s streets. Rather than investing only in new trucks and cars, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has decided to emphasize the sustainability focus of the games by including electric vehicles in the official Olympic and Paralympic fleet.

BMW London

This environmentally-focussed decision is good for Londoners, Olympians, and Olympic guests.

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Pace versus Space: BMW and Mercedes Hybrids

BMW ActiveHybrid 5
BMW ActiveHybrid 5
New mid-size hybrid cars from BMW and Mercedes take very different approaches to getting the best from an electric motor’s assistance

They may be arch rivals, but German prestige brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz see the world rather differently. For evidence, look no further than the pair of mid-size hybrid cars that will be offered by the two manufacturers this year.

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BMW and General Motors – Fuel Cells JV

BMW + GM
BMW + GM

When it comes to green engines, BMW and General Motors have collaborated in the past. It has left the path open to a new series of negotiations. These have already begun, according to a German newspaper, but the object of the agreement potentially signed by GM and BMW may be represented by developing a new generation of engines based on fuel cells.

After BMW X6 ActiveHybrid and Cadillac Escalade Hybrid have appeared on the market as a result of joint development of hybrid technology installed on the two models, the special

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BMW and Toyota – Memorandum in Diesel and Hybrid Propulsion

Toyota + BMW
Toyota + BMW

After rumors of a possible cooperation between BMW and Toyota in  supply of BMW’s diesel engines for Toyota, at the Tokyo Motorshow 2011 this partnership was formalized. The two manufacturers have signed a memorandum, which has the main goal in developing cooperation in lithium-ion battery research and as a secondary factor – BMW will supply diesel engines for Toyota.

The BMW chief, Norbert Reithofer, acknowledged that

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BMW ActiveHybrid 3 – Expected in 2012

BMW Active Hybrid 3
BMW Active Hybrid 3

After the first official information and photos of the new BMW 3 Serieswere made public, information about a hybrid version of the Bavarian car was alos revealed. Scheduled to enter the market just around the autumn of 2012, a cleaner version of the best selling premium sports sedan will combine a 6-cylinder petrol engine of 306 horsepower with an electric motor of 54BHP.

Thus, fuel consumption of the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 environmentally-friendly car is expected to be 45mpg, making it 12.5% more

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BMW Electric Cars – for Urban Driving and Performance

BMW i3 i8
BMW i8 (left) and i3

BMW publicly presented their family of electric cars earlier this year. Those, however were just visualisations and sketches and we had no idea if BMW really meant business. Now at last they’ve unveiled both cars – i3 and i8 – in full flesh.

It is understood that these are the preeliminary concepts – the work continues abd there might be some substantial deviations from the initial design. I just hope that the deviations do not “normalize” the cars as

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The Little BMW Set for a Geneva Debut

BMW ActiveE 1
BMW ActiveE 1
The latest addition to the BMW ActiveE family, an electric car based on the BMW Series 1 Coupe, is expected to make a debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The BMW ActiveE is powered by an electric synchronous motor, which accelerates the car from zero to 60mph in just nine seconds. It delivers 168BHP and maximum torque of

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