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One of our tasks is to find sustainable solutions for mobility of the future. That’s why we set ourselves ambitious goals, which have a decisive influence on our daily business. It’s a lively and versatile process we would like to share with you – with news, interviews and events.
BMW i and TED select social-oriented car sharing for non-urban areas as the winning “Next Visionaries” idea in the run-up to the IAA Cars show.
The finalists in the Next Visionaries contest instigated by BMW i and TED yesterday pitched their ideas live to an invited audience of 500 guests from the creative scene, business community and media.Learn more
The BMW i Vision Dynamics. A new form of electrifying driving pleasure.
Just a year on from the presentation of its future-focused NEXT 100 vision vehicles, the BMW Group is introducing the electric mobility of the much more immediate future at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt.Learn more
BMW at the IAA Cars 2017 in Frankfurt.
BMW is firing the starting gun on the brand’s forthcoming product offensive with an extraordinary pageant of new models and concept vehicles at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt am Main.Learn more
The new BMW i3 and BMW i3s.
The BMW i3 shows the way ahead to a new era of mobility. It is recognised the world over as a symbol of driving pleasure, sustainability and intelligent connectivity in the urban traffic environment, which is why it has become the best-selling electric car in the premium compact segment. The recipe for success of the BMW i3 has now been further improved, thanks also to the addition of a new model variant.Learn more
Welcome to the future!
There are still no fully interconnected electric bikes gliding through the urban canyons of megacities. But the BMW Group have already developed a prototype that reflects what is technically feasible today – and that shows Munich’s vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels.Learn more
Documentation BMW Group Dialogue Chicago.
On July 12, the second BMW Group Stakeholder Dialogue took place in Chicago. We prepared a brief compilation of the most important outcomes of the BMW Group Dialogue in Chicago for you. Please note that this document is only available in english.Download
BMW Group announces next step in electrification strategy.
Flexible vehicle architecture to enable electrification of every model series +++ Fully electric MINI confirmed as MINI 3 door variant +++ Electric drivetrain Made in Germany, integrated into car in Oxford +++Learn more
“Are you willing to sell your car?”
Don’t get us wrong. Dr. Carl Friedrich Eckhard, the person responsible for the issue of urban mobility at the BMW Group, does not wish to take anyone’s car away from them. He doesn’t think much of banning diesel-fuelled vehicles from urban areas either. The BMW manager simply wants to convince people to change their ways.Learn more
Successful launch of the Junior Campus App at the BMW Welt.
Since 25 June 2017, children and young people visiting the Junior Campus at the BMW Welt can experience a digital highlight. The BMW Group Junior Campus App combines playful learning with the conveyance of contents dealing with the issue of mobility of the future. The new app was first presented within the framework of the family Sunday “Digital with App & Co.” and was used more than 1,000 times during the first week after its launch.learn more
Inspired by nature: New body protection for BMW employees.
Lighter protective clothing, tougher helmets, more stable protectors: New materials with up to 20-per-cent-better protective properties are the result of the BISS research project headed by the BMW Group. What is unique is that all advances are based on designs borrowed from nature – BISS stands for Bio-Inspired Safety Systems.Learn more
Six years and counting: DriveNow assesses its accomplishments.
DriveNow, the car sharing joint venture of the BMW Group and SIXT SE, draws the balance six years after its founding. After its launch on June 9, 2011 in Munich, DriveNow has developed into the biggest carsharing provider in Germany and Europe.
BMW Group Dialogue in Milan: Clear commitment to electro-mobility!
This city of more than a million people in the Lombardy region of Italy certainly had a lot to offer the BMW Group Stakeholder Dialogue. Milan is not only a leader in car-sharing, but also boasts a highly-efficient public transport network. The stakeholders and students invited to the event all agreed on one thing: Electric mobility is the city’s future!
The BMW i3 shows the way ahead to a new era of mobility. It is recognised the world over as a symbol of driving pleasure, sustainability and intelligent connectivity in the urban traffic environment, which is why it has become the best-selling electric car in the premium compact segment. The recipe for success of the BMW i3 has now been further improved, thanks also to the addition of a new model variant.
With a higher output, model-specific chassis technology, noticeably more dynamic driving qualities and design features all of its own, it generates a particularly intense blend of the unrivalled sporty driving pleasure associated with electric cars from the BMW Group. By offering a premium-quality, all-electric driving experience, meaning zero local emissions, together with a whole new level of connectivity technology, both models represent the future of urban mobility.
The BMW i3 has reigned as the top-selling premium electric car in its class since 2014, not just in Europe but worldwide too. And in Germany, it has actually been topping the new vehicle registration statistics for the electric car segment as a whole, also since 2014. It's not just the visionary electric vehicles and inspirational design that help to make BMW i so popular, but also its innovative mobility solutions and the revolutionary new form of premium character, with sustainability as a key defining element. By offering such products while also adopting an all-embracing approach that takes into account the complete lifecycle – from raw material production, through the manufacture and operation of the vehicles to their later recycling – the BMW i brand has established itself as a pioneer for forward-thinking mobility.
The driving experience in the BMW i models has played no small part in the growing appeal and popularity of electric mobility. Following systematic refinement, the BMW eDrive technology aboard the new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s enables drivers to enjoy locally emission-free mobility with wonderfully instantaneous power delivery, efficient use of energy and an optimised range for a level of everyday practicality that even extends beyond the demands of purely urban travel. Both models draw their energy from the lithium-ion high-voltage battery developed by the BMW Group with a capacity of 94 ampere hours (Ah) or 33 kilowatt hours (kWh). A range extender engine can be ordered as an option for both the new BMW i3 and the new BMW i3s.
The new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s will celebrate their world premieres at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main in September 2017. The global market launch will begin in November 2017.
The new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s have a remarkably dynamic character by premium compact electric car standards, and a number of design tweaks have been included to express this to particularly striking effect in their visual appearance too. The unmistakable, avant-garde exterior styling has already picked up the iF gold award for product design and the World Car Design of the Year award along with other accolades, and it has now been enhanced by a number of deft design touches that clearly convey the sporty and stirring driving experience on offer.
The trademark BMW i Black Belt running from the bonnet over the roof to the car's rear end is now complemented by A-pillars and roof lines that also sport a black finish. The range of paint finishes for the remaining body elements has been extended to include Melbourne Red metallic and Imperial Blue metallic. Besides these two new additions, customers can also choose from the non-metallic shades Capparis White and Fluid Black as well as Protonic Blue metallic and Mineral Grey metallic.
The new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s come equipped with all-LED headlights as standard, which employ LED bulb units for dipped beam and high beam as well as the daytime running lights. The new turn signal indicators also feature LED technology and are integrated into the front apron in the form of horizontal strips. This means that LEDs are now used for all lighting functions at the front of the vehicle too, as was already the case with the glass-covered rear light assemblies.
The new BMW i3s: a thoroughly dynamic performer
The new BMW i3s incorporates a number of design elements all of its own that underscore its particularly dynamic character. Both the front and rear aprons are notable for their model-specific, powerfully shaped contours. The new BMW i3s comes equipped as standard with sports suspension that includes a 10-millimetre drop in ride height. The additional 40 millimetres of track width compared to the BMW i3 is given added impact by the black wheel arch borders. The new BMW i3s is available with exclusive 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design that are 20 millimetres wider than the previously available versions. They can be ordered in the Bicolour and Jet Black colour variants.
Like the exterior design, the interior styling of the new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s is rooted in the novel LifeDrive vehicle architecture. The carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell has a wonderfully spacious feel about it and is dominated by a sense of lightness. The design principle of the two four-seater models means there is no need for either fixed B-pillars or a transmission tunnel. Doors that open in opposite directions allow the occupants to get in and out with the greatest of ease.
The Loft, Lodge and Suite equipment lines are available for the new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s as alternatives to the standard Atelier version. The Lodge interior design option includes a new covering for the seat surfaces in Solaric Brown that combines natural leather tanned using an olive leaf extract with a wool-based textile material. The fact that the BMW i3 and BMW i3s also count sustainability among their premium characteristics shines through in the rest of the materials selected for them too, including recycled plastics, renewable raw materials, natural fibres and open-pored, unbleached eucalyptus wood. Over 80 percent of the surfaces visible to the passengers are made from recycled materials or renewable resources. The new blue seat belt option provides a splash of colour in the interior in typical brand style. The BMW i3s supplements all this with special model lettering on the front floor mats as standard.
Emission-free fun at the wheel
The synchronous electric motor powering the new BMW i3 generates a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp. Its peak torque is 250 Nm (184 lb-ft), all of which is available instantly from a standstill, as is usual with electric motors. This means that stepping on the accelerator pedal immediately unleashes a thrilling burst of speed. The motor smoothly delivers the kind of performance that drivers expect from a BMW via a single-speed automatic transmission, with continuous power delivery that builds up the car's tempo in a characteristically dynamic fashion. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) is achieved by the new BMW i3 in 7.3 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h (93 mph).
Located low in the vehicle floor, the lithium-ion high-voltage battery provides a range of 290 to 300 kilometres (180-186 miles) based on the NEDC cycle, 235 to 255 kilometres (146 to 158 miles) as per WLTP and up to 200 kilometres (124 miles) in everyday use. The combined electric power consumption of the new BMW i3 on the NEDC cycle varies between 13.6 and 13.1 kWh for every 100 kilometres.
The agile handling characteristics of the BMW i3 are improved still further by the optimised Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. This comprehensively revised, faster responding traction control system guarantees confident handling under all driving conditions. The BMW i3 now features a globally unique form of wheel speed limiting that ensures increased directional stability, both under dynamic acceleration and on the overrun with strong regenerative braking. Traction during pull-away on snow and wet roads has also been noticeably improved. DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode now boosts agility at higher speeds and during sporty cornering, even allowing mild and safely controllable drifts when grip levels are reduced.
The new BMW i3s provides an even sportier interpretation of silent mobility with zero local emissions and features a high-performance 135 kW/184 hp electric motor that generates peak torque of 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). Its updated drive system includes modified motor control and specific taper roller bearings, which have been utilised to further optimise power delivery and the performance curve at higher rpm. At the limits of the motor speed range, the power and torque of the further developed drive system represent an improvement of up to 40% for the BMW i3.
What's more, the new BMW i3s boasts sports suspension with specially developed springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Drivers can also select SPORT mode using the Driving Experience Control switch. This initiates more direct accelerator response and tighter steering characteristics to further accentuate the car's sporting edge. Just 6.9 seconds is enough to see the new BMW i3s burst past 100 km/h (62 mph) on its way to a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). It returns a combined electric power consumption of 14.3 kWh per 100 kilometres* on the NEDC cycle. Its electric range runs to 280 kilometres (174 miles) based on the NEDC cycle, 235 to 245 kilometres (146 to 152 miles) as per WLTP and up to 200 kilometres (124 miles) in everyday use.
A 28 kW/38 hp two-cylinder range extender petrol engine is available as an option for both the new BMW i3 and the new BMW i3s. The engine drives a generator that produces power as required while driving to maintain a constant level of charge in the high-voltage battery. This extends the car's overall range in everyday use by 150 kilometres (93 miles), increasing it from around 180 kilometres (112 miles) to a maximum of 330 kilometres (205 miles). The all-electric range of the new BMW i3 with range extender is 225 to 235 kilometres (140 – 146 miles) as per NEDC and 190 to 200 kilometres (118 – 124 miles) as per WLTP. The corresponding figures for the new BMW i3s with range extender come in at 220 kilometres (137 miles) on the NEDC and 185 to 195 kilometres (115 to 121 miles) on the WLTP cycle.
On the NEDC cycle, the new BMW i3 with range extender returns combined consumption figures per 100 kilometres of 11.9 to 11.5 kWh of electric power and 0.6 litres of fuel. On the same combined NEDC cycle, the new BMW i3s with range extender consumes 12.5 kWh of electric power per 100 kilometres and 0.7 litres of fuel.
Extensive range of driver assistance systems
The driver assistance systems available for the new BMW i3 and BMW i3s ease the driver's workload and provide support in various traffic situations, as well as helping with longitudinal and lateral vehicle control. The optional Parking Assistance package includes Park Distance Control, a reversing camera and the Parking Assistant. Once a suitable parking space parallel to the road has been selected, the Parking Assistant takes control of acceleration, braking, gear selection and steering.
Driving Assistant Plus, also available as an option, incorporates Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Speed Limit Info, Proactive Driving Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, and the Traffic Jam assistant, which not only maintains a safe distance to the car in front in stop-start traffic at up to 60 km/h (37 mph), but also keeps the car in lane. The system takes its cues from lane markings, the width of the road and vehicles travelling ahead.
Navigation features and On-Street Parking Information specially developed for electric mobility
Both the new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s come with an updated version of the iDrive operating system, which provides an intuitive interface for controlling numerous vehicle, infotainment, communications and navigation functions. In vehicles equipped with the Navigation system Professional, the Control Display has a diagonal of 10.25 inches and an increased resolution of 1,440 × 540 pixels. The main menu is also presented in the form of horizontally arranged tiles with a live mode. The voice recognition system has also been further optimised. With the aid of Natural Language Understanding, spoken instructions can now be executed more quickly and precisely, e.g. when searching for music and phone numbers or dictating e-mails and SMS messages. New to the options list is Apple CarPlay preparation. This allows additional smartphone apps to be integrated seamlessly with the vehicle's operating system.
The further expanded BMW i ConnectedDrive offering – unmatched by any rival – ensures intelligent connectivity through services specially tailored to electric mobility. The digital On-Street Parking Information search service, now available for the first time in the BMW i3, can also be used alongside the Real Time Traffic Information system if the Navigation system Professional is specified. Public charging stations and information about their availability can also be displayed on the navigation system's map. When route guidance is activated, data about the route is also used to calculate the range shown in the instrument cluster as accurately as possible. The range map provides a visual representation of the current operating radius. It is also possible to display the different ranges achievable in each of the Driving Experience Control modes.
BMW i-specific navigation features also include intermodal route guidance. This helps users to quickly and efficiently reach their destination by factoring in local public transport timetables and connections. Regular, automatic updates of the navigation data are now also provided "over the air" in the BMW i3, using a mobile network connection.
A package of new services were introduced in July 2017 under the BMW Connected+ banner which enable a highly personalised and more straightforward display of information inside the car. All of the digital services related to BMW Connected and BMW Connected+ will be available in the BMW i3 and BMW i3s. These span intelligent route planning, including stop-offs at charging stations or petrol stations (Send my Routes to Car), sharing of the car's current location via SMS and live link (Share Live Trip Status), personalised display of relevant in-car information (BMW Onboard), seamless transfer of route instructions to the customer's smartphone or smartwatch once the car is parked (Navigate Door-to-Door) and direct syncing of contacts and addresses to the navigation system (My Destinations).
BMW Digital Charging Service enables intelligent charging
The BMW Digital Charging Service brings customers the future of charging, today. BMW ConnectedDrive and the BMW ConnectedDrive Portal turn charging into a digital experience. As a result, the BMW i3 and BMW i3s are integrated perfectly into the customer's smart ecosystem. This allows BMW customers to optimise charging costs, make best use of self-generated solar energy for charging and even earn money through integration into the smart grid. The service's ease of use – from a smartphone via BMW Connected or from PCs and tablets via the BMW ConnectedDrive Portal – also facilitates fully transparent, sustainable use of renewable energy. With the introduction of its unique BMW Digital Charging Service, BMW becomes the world's first carmaker to integrate electric mobility with its customers' digital worlds.
360° ELECTRIC is a range of products and services that help make electric mobility a convenient, everyday experience. The functionality of the standard charging cable supplied with the new BMW i3s has been optimised and includes a temperature sensor. Charging at home is extremely user-friendly thanks to the BMW i Wallbox which, in its most recent incarnation, can supply 11 kW of power to charge the high-voltage battery. This allows enough energy for an electric range of around 180 kilometres (112 miles) to be transferred in under three hours – five times quicker than with the standard charging cable.
The new BMW i Wallbox Connect also extends the functionality of the globally unique Digital Charging Service to provide intelligent charging for optimal cost efficiency, and allows customers to make best use of self-generated solar energy.
In addition, it is also possible to control the charging process using a smartphone app and manage usage by means of an access card. Drivers with a registered ChargeNow card have unrestricted access to the world's largest network of public charging stations.
8/29/17By Joerg Krampfl
There are still no fully interconnected electric bikes gliding through the urban canyons of megacities. But the BMW Group have already developed a prototype that reflects what is technically feasible today – and that shows Munich’s vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels.
With its unusually flat and stretched silhouette, the new BMW Motorrad Concept Link does indeed look a little futuristic. However, this is intentional, because the interconnected Concept Link treads new paths and moves beyond established conventions both with regard to design and technology. In the way it links functionality and digitalisation it performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device. “The BMW Motorrad Concept Link stands for a new understanding of urban mobility. It links the digital and analogue world and places the focus on the rider and his mobility needs.” explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design of BMW Motorrad.
The new and emphatically function-driven architecture provides a high level of riding pleasure due to the E-drive. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is ideally suited to meet the requirements of modern urban mobility with fast acceleration and easy handling. A reverse gear ensures that it is easy to manoeuvre, making it ideal to park in tight city spaces.
The model designation “Concept Link” speaks for itself, of course. The vehicle is connected to the rider’s appointment calendar, knows the forthcoming destinations and autonomously recommends the fastest and most picturesque routes. It goes without saying that it also offers the appropriate music if desired. In the case of the Concept Link, the classic instrument panel has long become a thing of the past. Instead, the windshield displays all relevant driving information such as speed, navigation instructions or battery charge status within the rider’s field of vision.
The rider’s clothing is also becoming increasingly more important. The interaction between vehicle and rider wear holds great potential with regard to rider safety, comfort, functionality and riding experience. On the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the rider equipment is also connected to the vehicle: A simple stroke of the rider’s hand over the sleeve and a sliding door on the side of the vehicle opens, revealing the helmet compartment below the seat. When the hand moves in the opposite direction, the door closes again.
BMW Group supports apprentices and students with state-of-the-art automotive and e-mobility technology.
The BMW Group is committed to the cause of promoting education and young talent in the automotive industry. Vehicles have been made available for research and teaching purposes for decades, and since early 2017 the company has also provided high-voltage training equipment to be used in research and teaching.
Through the cooperation with universities, colleges, vocational schools, as well as the academies of chambers of crafts and guilds, the BMW Group actively supports the training of young technicians and engineers in Germany and abroad. In 2016, educational institutions received a combined total of over 100 vehicles, ranging from current petrol and diesel models to hybrid and all-electric cars such as the BMW i3 and also motorcycles. About one in four of these vehicles went to an international recipient. This way, the BMW Group makes a contribution to ensuring state-of-the-art training and research in the automotive industry and develops innovations in cooperation with the respective educational institutions.
A new offering is the “High Voltage Trainer” as a next step to support e-mobility technology research and training. The secure, state-of-the-art equipment was specifically developed for the requirements of high-voltage training. Apprentices and students who work with the training device can use the BMW Group’s original high-voltage components to simulate, for instance, measuring and fault diagnosis. By June 2017, the first eight High Voltage Trainers had been handed over to educational institutions.
In keeping with the motto, “From Apprentices for Apprentices and Students”, these projects are supported by BMW’s training firm “JuniorFirma” and the vocational training department. The BMW Group’s apprentices are tasked with building the hardware for the training equipment.
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The BMW Group Sustainability Factbook, containing more than 100 facts at a glance.
Would you have thought that 30,000 cows provide a biogas facility with dung for the BMW plant in Rosslyn, South Africa? That police officers in Bavaria and Los Angeles go on patrol in the BMW i3, or that almost a million people worldwide use the BMW Group car sharing service?
To the BMW Group, long-term thinking and responsible action has been the basis of economic success for many years – and along the entire value chain. In this respect, the BMW Group Sustainability Factbook has no claim to completeness. But it does show how multifaceted the issue of sustainability is – and that the Munich car manufacturer has already entered new terrain in order to achieve ambitious goals. But it is not just about figures, because for BMW customers, too, responsibility has a lot to do with passion, of course. For example, three friends from South Africa (fact 039) who travelled 17,000 kilometres from Cape Town to Munich in their 20 year old BMW 318i to hand over old “Percy” to the Munich Recycling and Disassembly Center (RDZ). However, BMW Group employees are also aware of the fact that responsibility must be taken seriously. For this reason, they pedal hard at the Munich location every day for instance, making use of the free bicycles provided – more than 61,000 times in 2016 alone (fact 060).
You will find many further current facts relating to the issue of sustainability at the BMW Group in our Sustainability Factbook 2016, which we will be pleased to send to you on request.
Don’t get us wrong. Dr. Carl Friedrich Eckhard, the person responsible for the issue of urban mobility at the BMW Group, does not wish to take anyone’s car away from them. He doesn’t think much of banning diesel-fuelled vehicles from urban areas either. The BMW manager simply wants to convince people to change their ways.
Congested roads, insufficient parking spaces and excessively high nitric oxide levels are already putting a strain on our cities today. This doesn’t seem to worry you.
Dr. Carl Friedrich Eckhardt: Despite the most diverse challenges we have to face, urban mobility will still improve significantly. Why? Because we now have the chance to radically modernise the urban mobility system. As a result, quality of life in urban areas will also improve. Our major cities will become greener and the air cleaner.
Aren’t you being rather optimistic?
We have every reason to be optimistic. Digitalisation allows us to offer people new mobility solutions: The offer ranges from various different rental possibilities such as car sharing to the organisation of collaborative travel. We are already able to set the course for this today.
This means that cities have to invest?
It is important to have a vision. What do we want? What should urban mobility look like in the year 2030? This helps us think long-term. Because many investments made by municipalities today seem unprofitable at first, but they pay off in the long run. Apart from that, companies are also prepared to make a contribution and invest. For example, in the development of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
How do you intend to convince people that they do not need their own car in the city?
People of the younger generation already attach little importance to having their own car. Instead of owning one, they prefer just to use one. This also applies to an increasing number of older people. In the discussions or workshops we organise in many cities, residents realise they have a car but rarely use it. If they had an alternative, they would sell it. In fact, car sharing combines the advantages of an own car with those offered by the public network: A vehicle is available if required – even when busses, subways and trams are no longer operating.
That sounds as if a paradigm change is already taking place in society. Are people already prepared to sell their car?
First of all, we must create the preconditions so that these services are actually used. At present, car owners are still given preference due to regulations such as residential parking, whereas it would make far more sense to reserve some of these spaces for car sharing. Residents must rest assured that a vehicle is always at their disposal when they need it. Then they will feel encouraged to sell their own car.
So which technical achievements are responsible for the new mobility services?
Digitalisation allows us to offer mobility on demand. Without smartphones, for example, we wouldn’t know which routes people use. This helps us adjust our services according to customer needs. Electrification allowing vehicles such as the BMW i3 to hum emission-free through cities is also revolutionary. And, of course, autonomous driving, which allows people to travel from A to B without a driver – flexibly and without operative costs.
How long will it be before we are able to use all of these technologies?
We are already cooperating with urban municipalities today in order to understand which challenges they, and residents of course, will be faced with in future. For this purpose we have launched several projects to provide people in cities with car sharing services and electric vehicles. We intend to significantly expand collaborations such as these over the next five to seven years. And autonomous driving will soon become reality. I assume during the next 10 years.
So taxi drivers will soon have to look for new jobs?
Every change opens up new possibilities. So I am convinced that new mobility solutions will in the long term also make new jobs necessary.
But the change also poses challenges for companies such as the BMW Group. If people buy fewer cars, the company will have to make up for financial losses.
I also see this as a chance for the BMW Group to develop new markets. Of course, we will continue to sell cars, but also provide people with vehicles and services.
The more attractive these offers are, the more money we will earn.
Which cities in your opinion are already pursuing a modern mobility strategy today?
Copenhagen is a good example. The city has commissioned E.ON to install charging stations for electric mobility under the condition that the facilities would be used. So the energy company contacted us beforehand, with the result that the car sharing fleet in Copenhagen now has 300 BMW i3s running entirely on electricity. We have been able to agree on a similar model for Hamburg. The city has arranged to provide up to 1,150 charging points by the year 2019, which will also serve as parking spaces for car sharing services. So the Hanseatic city is creating an enormous incentive for electric mobility, from which the air quality on the Elbe and the Alster could soon benefit considerably.
Elon Musk from Tesla has his own plans. He wants to build a tunnel system under the whole of Los Angeles in which people can travel from A to B at a speed of 200 km/h. He promises to reduce travelling time from 45 minutes to as little as 5 minutes. Do you think this is just a pipeline dream or could it soon become reality?
You never know. But one thing is for sure: urban mobility will change dramatically. And I find it very exciting to be a part of this change!
More than 1,000 games during the first week.
Munich. Since 25 June 2017, children and young people visiting the Junior Campus at the BMW Welt can experience a digital highlight. The BMW Group Junior Campus App combines playful learning with the conveyance of contents dealing with the issue of mobility of the future. The new app was first presented within the framework of the family Sunday “Digital with App & Co.” and was used more than 1,000 times during the first week after its launch.
The Junior Campus App.
The learning app was specially developed by the BMW Group in collaboration with educators and academics to convey to children and young people between the ages of eleven and fourteen contents relating to the topic of mobility of the future, sustainability and design. The objective is also to provide users with access to learning with new media, to arouse their curiosity and imaginative power and to sharpen their awareness of sustainability. The app is exclusively available on permanently installed Tablets as a long-term exhibit at the BMW Welt Junior Campus.
The virtual laboratory: a major success.
In just one week, the app was used more than 1,000 times by the young visitors to the Junior Campus at the BMW Welt and enjoys great popularity: “The app is quite good fun to use, because I learn a lot of interesting things,” said a happy young “hobby tinkerer” after he had tested the app. The stages of the journey through the virtual laboratory comprise topics such as correct waste separation in everyday life, or recycling, but also contents ranging from CO2 emissions to aerodynamics, bionics and global mobility. After starting the app, children and young people can choose between the two thematic areas “Sustainability” and “Design”. The play areas each contain four action worlds with explanatory texts and videos and offer a total of 45-50 minutes playing time. The next family day entitled “School and Safety” will be held at the BMW Welt on 10 September. The varied programme comprises exciting activities for everybody to join in, interesting workshops, a knowledge rally and informative lectures. The focus will be predominantly on playful and practical exercises related to the issue of safety and school.
DriveNow, the car sharing joint venture of the BMW Group and SIXT SE, draws the balance six years after its founding. After its launch on June 9, 2011 in Munich, DriveNow has developed into the biggest carsharing provider in Germany and Europe. With the opening in May 2017 of its new location in Helsinki, DriveNow now offers its service in twelve European cities and can boast over 900,000 customers. Moreover, thanks to its range of electric vehicles at all locations, the carsharing company is a major driving force in the area of electromobility.
"Since our launch six years ago, we have seen steady growth – also in Germany, which is our core market," says DriveNow Managing Director Nico Gabriel. In the five German DriveNow cities, over 600,000 customers are registered by now; this represents around 40 percent of all carsharing members in Germany. "In this way, we have played a major role in establishing carsharing as a broad-based social issue." Sebastian Hofelich, Co-Managing Director, adds: "In the meantime, German lawmakers have acknowledged the alleviating effects on traffic and emissions and have mandated by law the further promotion of carsharing as a whole." In other large European cities, DriveNow's free-floating car sharing is also gaining in importance. "The expansion is continuing - this year, we will be introducing our service in yet another European city."
Six years DriveNow in Munich
As the first DriveNow city, Munich in particular embodies the successful growth of carsharing. It is impossible to imagine the streets of the Bavarian capital without DriveNow. Dr. Martin Schreiner, mobility expert at the Municipal Administration Authority in Munich, says: "Car Sharing, combined with public transportation and bicycle use, provides full mobility without owning a car. This also reduces the need for parking spots and frees up valuable public space for other purposes. For this reason, the Municipal Administration Authority fully supports the new car sharing with full conviction. An example of the integration of car sharing into the full range of transport services covered by the ecomobility alliance is the first communal mobility station at Münchner Freiheit."
From the outset, DriveNow has worked together with the city of Munich to come up with sustainable mobility options and contribute to solving traffic problems. To prove the effects, DriveNow was one of the only carsharers to take part in accompanying scientific research. The results of the "EVA-CS"1 long-term study for Munich show, among other things, that DriveNow plays a significant role in the reduction of private car ownership. According to the study, thanks to the number of private vehicles in Munich that were abolished, the number of kilometers driven each year has already been reduced by 41 million. As a result, last year the city intensely improved the framework conditions for car sharing by, for example, increasing the limit for car sharing parking licenses. "With this decision, the city of Munich has taken on a pioneering role for future-oriented urban mobility," says Sebastian Hofelich. "This enables us to expand our range to meanwhile over 700 vehicles, covering a business area of around 90 km2 and thereby offer a highly-available alternative to owning a car."
Strong driving force for electromobility
In addition, for four years already, DriveNow has integrated electric vehicles into its fleet. "At all our locations, customers have the opportunity to drive electrically - even though the ongoing frequently insufficient charging infrastructure in the cities makes the operation of an electric fleet not always easy for us," according to Nico Gabriel. "The many positive responses confirm our decision to forge ahead with electromobility. Europe-wide, over 280,000 customers have already undertaken their first electric trip with DriveNow, and with these electric vehicles driven far more than ten million kilometers. Thanks to the electric vehicles in the fleet alone, over 1,800 tons of CO2 could be reduced.
Further along the road to success through innovation
Throughout its six-year history, DriveNow has steadily developed and introduced future-oriented innovations in the carsharing market. "One of our most effective innovations is the ‘Handshake' function, which we introduced in Germany last year," Gabriel emphasizes. Thanks to the direct taking over of the vehicle by the next customer, the current driver isspared the search for a parking space and at the same time, the vehicle availability for searching DriveNow customers increased. "In Germany, this has already facilitated many hundred vehicle transfers every month. The function is an important step in solving the parking space problem in dense downtown locations and helps to further reduce the search for a parking spot," says Gabriel. In addition to ‘Handshake', another new feature in the vehicles also eases the search for a parking spot: When necessary, the searching driver is directed to the nearest mobility station with special carsharing parking spots.
Customers in the twelve cities can rely on a vehicle fleet of around 5,700 BMW and MINI models. DriveNow customers have already undertaken well over 24 million trips, at least four million of which were in pilot city Munich. Nico Gabriel, Managing Director of DriveNow: "Our thanks today go to all of our customers who made use of DriveNow during the past six years. In the future, we will be further developing our service to meet the needs of our customers as well as creating the mobility of tomorrow."
This city of more than a million people in the Lombardy region of Italy certainly had a lot to offer the BMW Group Stakeholder Dialogue. Milan is not only a leader in car-sharing, but also boasts a highly-efficient public transport network. The stakeholders and students invited to the event all agreed on one thing: Electric mobility is the city’s future!
The BMW Group has hosted three stakeholder dialogues a year with sustainability experts worldwide since 2011. The 2017 Dialogue in Milan was the first to be held in Italy. The visit of Joschka Fischer, former German Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister, was a particular highlight. In his keynote speech the evening before the event, Fischer also underlined the importance of regular dialogue between companies and representatives from cities to identify trends early and face new challenges.
New mobility solutions are high on the agenda in Milan. With 370,000 users and 2,000 vehicles, the country’s second largest city is already a leader in car-sharing, for example. The public transport system is also so good that the stakeholders present were confident that the municipality will be able to ensure sustainable mobility over the coming years. However, they do not expect there to be sufficient funding to expand public transport to the point where it could meet the city’s mobility needs alone.
A blend of public and individual transportation would therefore appear to be the ideal solution. Top of the list was a combination of public transport, pedestrian traffic and bicycle and car rental models. It is important to use environmentally-friendly, low-emission technology: 67 per cent of those participating favoured a move towards all-electric road traffic by 2025 to improve air quality in the city.
The representatives from the worlds of politics, business and associations also discussed other topics with BMW experts, including autonomous driving, flexible parking fees, additional ride-hailing services and necessary and possible incentives for electro-mobility, as well as data protection, improving road safety and alternative financing concepts.
In summary: The stakeholders found Milan to be a progressive city that is focusing on alternative mobility solutions and will continue to provide inhabitants with an efficient, sustainable transport network with attractive options in the future.
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