Since too much information isn't exactly possible in some situations, BMW is continuing its electric vehicle user study in Leipzig, Germany. The automaker is working with TU Chemnitz (University of Technology) and Stadwerke Leipzig municipal utility to conduct an electromobility study with long-distance commuters in 15 BMW ActiveE EVs in the Leipzig area.

The project is funded as part of the German federal government's "Electromobility Connects" Bavaria-Saxony. The test will track daily commutes of between 40 and 100 kilometers (25-62 miles) in five phases of 12 weeks each. Test drivers are required to install a charging station at home or work.

BMW has also worked with Chemnitz University to develop a special data logger for vehicles, merging this objective data with subjective answers to a battery of questions. BMW has already collected data from more than 16 million km (10 million miles) of tests of its Mini E and about five million km (three million miles) with its second electric model, the ActiveE. Drivers in US test markets have participated – in Boston, Hartford, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.

Testing is sure to continue with its third EV project – the i3 – later this year. The i3 with be the first series production electric car produced by the German automaker.


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      • 19 Hours Ago
      Can someone please explain why BMW can't release this car as is. Keep this look and I'm sure many people will be interested. And while they are at it, bring out the E-mini as well. If I could buy this car, I be the first in line... Here is hoping BMW will wise up and release a normal looking electric car....
        Actionable Mango
        • 19 Hours Ago
        I sympathize with this thought. However, BMW has invested a lot in making their cars drive really well. As pointed out many times, usually EVs in ICE models are hugely compromised. The ICE car is designed for weight distribution and other parameters that are very different with an EV powertrain. By creating a separate line, they protect their ICE heritage and make EV cars as good as they can be. As for why they have to be styled so radically different.... (shrug).
        Dave D
        • 19 Hours Ago
        For some bizarre reason, car companies feel almost religiously compelled to make EVs look strange. Thank you to Tesla for breaking out of that mold as much as anything else!
      Letstakeawalk
      • 19 Hours Ago
      Thanks for your input, Val.
      Spec
      • 19 Hours Ago
      Someone to help foot the bill for all the money they've poured into the project.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 19 Hours Ago
      "Jan 23 (Reuters) - Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp is nearing an agreement to license its fuel-cell vehicle technology to Germany's BMW AG, the Nikkei reported. Under the agreement, to be made official as early as Thursday, Toyota will provide the world's largest premium carmaker with drivetrain and hydrogen storage technology, the business daily said. BMW will use the technology to build a prototype vehicle by 2015, with plans for a market release around 2020, the Nikkei said. Fuel cells convert a fuel, typically hydrogen, into electricity, which can then be used to power cars and trucks. Fuel-cell vehicles can run five times longer than battery electric cars on a single power-up, and it takes just minutes to fill the tank with hydrogen, compared with 8 hours or so to recharge a battery. Rivals like Daimler AG, General Motors Co, Nissan Motor Co, Honda Motor Co and Hyundai Motor Co are all competing to develop fuel-cell vehicles, the daily said. (Reporting by Mridhula Raghavan in Bangalore; Editing by Supriya Kurane)" http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/22/toyota-fuelcell-bmw-idUKL4N0AR4NQ20130122
        Val
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        What is toyota getting in exchange? And which hydrogen car right now can run 1300 miles on a tank of hydrogen, and why is some random 8 hour figure reported when in reality 30 minutes gets you from empty to 50%, and full charge takes about 2 hours with the tesla superchargers? What is this article proving again, and how is it relevant to the news that BMW is extending its EV program?
      Letstakeawalk
      • 19 Hours Ago
      ABG doesn't respond well to tips, so it has become standard operating procedure to post articles of potential interest in the threads. I posted this BMW news in a BMW thread because it's BMW news.
      Val
      • 19 Hours Ago
      http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/23/toyota-close-to-licensing-deal-with-bmw-for-fuel-cell-technology/ Now we'll never know if they posted that because of you or if Jeffrey Ross was going to post it anyway. Still waiting on those 1300 mile hydrogen cars though http://www.gtspirit.com/2013/01/23/spyshots-2014-bmw-m3-winter-testing/ Here is another BMW news, make sure you post it on every news related to BMW, winter, testing and camouflage. And you missed another one: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/bmw-to-use-a-motorcycle-engine-as-an-optional-range-extender-in-the-i3/
      zap
      • 19 Hours Ago
      They've been testing these cars for YEARS now, you'd think they've got all the data they need! Think the real truth is they need to publicise these cars as much as possible as BMW (nor any other German brand) have a *single* EV for sale yet, while the Japanese, American, Chinese, Italian, French and Swedish manufacturers do!
        Spec
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @zap
        Yeah, BMW has been really slow. But then again, both the Mini-E and the ActiveE have had some problems with them. So perhaps it is good that they have taken it slow. All the new EVs & PHEVs have had some problems. Some have just had more than others.
        Carguy
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @zap
        i have had the ActiveE for close to a year now with almost 14K miles and the car is fantastic but there have been others who have had issues with the car. All of those issues have been resolved by BMW but most of the Active E owners understand that this is a trial and go along with some of the issues. I think its better to work out the kinks before you go out to Joe Blow BMW buyer who expects everything in his luxury car to work perfectly from day 1. They are also learning what peoples likes and dislikes are (more range, better handling, need for range extender, amount of Regen). I personally think that people are missing the point when it comes to EVs. Put politics, global warming, energy dependence all aside and look at the technology. Anyone who has driven my Active E loves the instant power and the vibration free silent cabin. If you experience one of these cars you will wonder how you ever put up with a rattling loud car all those years. When I drive a 2013 BMW 3 series loaner (which is a great car) it just feels like such a step down in technology.
          MTN RANGER
          • 19 Hours Ago
          @Carguy
          I've driven the ActiveE also and agree. I will definitely take a look at the i3 four door - but it may be too small for my needs. I do think the 2 cyl motorcycle engine for a range extender option is a great idea.
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 19 Hours Ago
      They work !!! get over it and get them to market !!!
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