Program Is to Include 70 Battery Electric ActiveE Sedans
BMW and the City of San Francisco will inaugurate a premium car-share program using the upscale German automaker’s 100% battery electric ActiveE sedans at a City Hall ceremony on August 20.
The event is to include San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Dr. Ian Robertson, of the BMW board of management.
The new car-share service will feature a fleet of 70 BMW ActiveE all-electric vehicles. The cars, based on BMW’s Series 1 chassis, have water-cooled lithium ion battery packs by SB LiMotive powering a 170-horsepower BMW driveline.
SB LiMotive , a joint venture of Samsung SDI and Robert Bosch, pledged last year to have manufacturing capacity for 50,000 electric cars per year in place by 2013, offering “lithium ion energy storage solutions from single cells to complete battery systems.”
A New Parking Program, Too
BMW has produced approximately 1,100 of the ActiveE cars, says BMW USA electric vehicle operations and strategy manager Rich Steinberg. About 700 are in the U.S.
The August 20 event will also see the beginning of a new mobile parking solution for San Francisco. Both initiatives are expected to help decrease traffic congestion, says a bulletin, while reducing emissions.
“There are an estimated 505,000 vehicles in San Francisco, yet only 448,000 parking spaces available at any given time,” says the event notice. “Approximately one-third of all downtown traffic is caused by cars attempting to find a place to park.
“A UCLA parking survey calculated that drivers searching for curb parking in one California city drove an extra 950,000 miles in a single year – equal to 38 trips around the earth – and wasted approximately 47,000 gallons of gasoline.”
Media representatives attending the event are promised the opportunity to try both new services for themselves, “including taking one of the BMW ActiveEs that will be parked at City Hall for a drive to a designated parking location in downtown San Francisco.” Fleets & Fuels, for one, can’t wait.
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