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Published on May 31st, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


BMW Sends ActiveE EV Fleet To The Crusher

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May 31st, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
Some things really don’t seem to make sense. Why do perfectly good BMW electric cars have to be crushed? Of course, there are actual reasons for that, but it’s still one of those things…

If you have followed the BMW ActiveE pilot program much of late, you know that many of the “Electronauts” testing these electric cars really loved them. I’m sure they also felt a bit special, as only a small number of people were in the program. Furthermore, many of them really wanted to keep their cars, and I know that several (at least) prefer the ActiveE to the BMW i3. So, when one (or more?) Electronauts saw the crushed ActiveE electric cars (minus batteries) pictured below, they were none too happy. Even if this is the way it had to be, couldn’t they at least cover them up?

Chris discusses it a bit more and tries to help out with some words of wisdom:

BMW Sends ActiveE EV Fleet To The Crusher (via Gas 2.0)

As someone who has held onto a non-running, non-rare car for more than a decade in the hopes of one day “making it right”, I know a thing or two about emotional attachment to automobiles. While I understand a truck full of crushed BMW ActiveE electric…

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  • Wayne Williamson

    Its really to bad that they couldn’t leave these cars in the hands of the testers. Early prototypes of something that becomes successful are usually worth a lot of money. I do understand the Intellectual Property contained, but then again most of it would be out of date by the time the test is done.
    Sorry I should have read Jasons’ post better, it looks like it more of a legal thingy….

  • patb2009

    800 vehicles with 30 KW of battery makes a 24 MWH surge battery, it would be interesting to use these as a simulated “Parking lot”. park them somewhere cheap and use them that way.

    that or i sure could have used one of the motors for a science project.

  • Choming Girl

    I can’t believe on this news because

  • Marty

    General Motors has done it about 15 years ago to their fleet of EV cars, as they contained come sensitive IP.

  • Jason Willhite

    greencarreports had an article about this as well. I know this article addressed it somewhat, but BMW spokesman Dave Buchko later released a statement to InsideEVs clarifying why they were crushing the cars…

    “As prototypes, the BMW ActiveEs may not be resold. Based on increasing demand, the most well-cared-for cars have been deployed to bolster the fleet of Drive Now, BMW’s car-sharing service in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a limited period.

    The total number of BMW ActiveEs in the Drive Now Fleet totals 150. Some have also been returned to Munich for additional research markets.

    Legal requirements make it impossible to keep these cars on the road in the U.S. indefinitely. Recycling of the vehicles locally is the most sustainably responsible means of handling the cars that are being taken out of service.”

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