Like patrons at the end of a long night, automakers and charging companies can sometimes be seen leaving the bar arm in arm. Coda with Mr. Electric. Holden with Better Place. Nissan with GE. Smart USA with Coulomb. Toyota with Leviton. BMW with AeroVironment.
BMW is making some progress on the launch of its i Ventures spin-off. The company has named BMW financial services chief executive officer Edward Robinson as its president and announced plans to open a global headquarters "incubator laboratory" in New York City. Established in February of 2011, BMW i Ventures focuses primarily on mobile connectivity and location-based services aimed at increasing the "freedom of mobility" for residents in the world's urban centers.