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Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Mridul Chadha


BMW Offers ActiveE Drivers RECs to Offset Carbon Emissions from Charging

August 3rd, 2012 by  


Good news for the BMW ActiveE drivers — BMW has partnered with Green Mountain to offer renewable energy options to the drivers of ActiveE. ActiveE drivers can purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Green Mountain to cover the estimated energy that will be used to charge their electric cars.

“The partnership with Green Mountain is BMW’s next step to procure a sustainable mobility future for our ActiveE Electronauts,” said Rob Healey, EV Infrastructure Manager at BMW of North America. “We want to ensure all ActiveE drivers have the opportunity to source their energy needs from renewable generation, and this program is the perfect complement to BMW’s ActiveE solar offer. Based on their experience in renewable energy, Green Mountain is an ideal partner to support our mission.”

“The majority of electricity in the U.S. is generated from non-renewable, fossil fuel sources, so EVs need to be powered with clean, renewable energy to be truly emissions-free,” said Scott Hart, president of Commercial Services for Green Mountain. “BMW is a thought leader in electric vehicle innovation, and their desire to ensure ActiveE drivers have the option to support renewable energy further demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainability.”

The ActiveE exclusive series is driven by 700 Electronauts across five US states. Each car comes with a two-year lease and BMW also gives opportunity to the drivers to give feedback about the car, which, in turn, is used to develop premium, sustainable vehicle for the future.

Drivers of ActiveE can avail Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for one-time payment of $48 to ensure that the conventional electricity to charge their vehicles during the lease period will be replaced with renewable energy. During the two years lease period, ActiveE drivers will be able to offset 9,900 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions with renewable energy which is equivalent to not driving 11,000 miles in a conventional gas-powered car.

In addition to this opportunity of purchasing RECs from Green Mountain, Electronauts can take advantage of a separate offer by which Electronauts can install solar panels on their homes for 35% discount on the cost of the panels. This is the positive move by BMW which reflects sustainability is the core mission of BMW.

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currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.

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