Published on November 15th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown3
BMW Partners With Solar City To Offer Solar + EV Bundle
BMW, a manufacturer that knows how to make cars sell, has partnered with SolarCity, which happens to be very good at selling its solar services to provide a package in which they could enjoy SolarCity’s famous solar leasing plan (but at a discount) when they buy BMW i series vehicles at any of the participating BMW i Centers in SolarCity’s territory.
According to SolarCity, BMW i vehicle owners will receive a 10% discount (for now) on SolarCity’s residential solar service with flexible financing options. This includes their zero-down solar leasing offer. As a reminder, the zero-down plan enables customers to obtain solar panels without any up-front payments, their electric bills are eliminated, and monthly, they pay SolarCity a fraction of what their electric bill used to be.
So, the 10% discount offered is on a plan which is already excellent!
“Experience with our MINI E and ActiveE field trials has demonstrated that driving electric is a lifestyle, where customers gain a keen understanding of their driving habits beyond driving and are often inspired to find ways to live more sustainably,” said Rob Healey, BMW’s EV Infrastructure Manager. “With help from SolarCity, BMW i customers will have the opportunity to maximize the commitment to sustainability. This reinforces the entire concept behind the BMW i3, which is engineered and produced by the most sustainable manufacturing process in the automotive industry.”
Electric vehicles are part of a bigger plan to reduce reliance on both fossil-fueled automobiles and power plants. Electric vehicles enable us to use clean energy to power transportation, as all sources of energy can be used to generate electricity.
Normally, the high initial cost of a solar system plus the high initial cost of an electric vehicle is a major problem. However, BMW and SolarCity’s bundle marks a big step forward towards zero emissions transportation, and away from that financial issue.
“This partnership makes the more sustainable fuel option—emissions-free solar electricity—also the more affordable one,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “By making renewable energy far more accessible and affordable for its customers, BMW is helping to bring clean transportation into the mainstream.”
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