Published on August 14th, 2015 | by Kyle Park Points7
400 BMW i3 Electric Cars Head To Copenhagen Carsharing Program
August 14th, 2015 by Kyle Park Points
Originally published on Gas2.
Something is electric in the state of Denmark. The Bavarian Motor Works company has announced the addition of 400 electric i3 cars into its DriveNow service that will operate in cohesion with the Copenhagen infrastructure beginning in September of 2015. After successfully adding the i3 to DriveNow fleets in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, an all-new fully electric fleet will be integrated into the public transportation system in Denmark.
DriveNow provides vehicles from BMW and Mini for high-class, premium carsharing in cities throughout Europe and in San Francisco, USA. However the i3 is currently available in roughly half the locations including London, Hamburg, Munich, and Berlin.
BMWi stresses the importance of accessible electric vehicles and carsharing in reducing traffic and emissions, and thus improving the quality of city life. Or as it says, “car sharing using electric vehicles is an important step in opening up convenient initial access to electric mobility to the public at large.”
The company feels the i3 is uniquely qualified to integrate into a public transportation system. It is the first car to feature “intermodal routing;” to have public transportation services incorporated into the route guidance of the navigation system. It is also specifically designed for the urban environment as opposed to the acclaimed BMW i8, designed as a sporty hybrid car.
Dr. Bernhard Blättel, head of BMW Group mobility services, says, “Here in Copenhagen we are now already witnessing mobility of the future. It is on-demand technology, interconnected, quiet, and electric. We are pleased to be able to introduce the capabilities of the BMW i3 and our expertise in future-oriented mobility concepts here in the Danish capital.”
When it comes to relations with public transit, such as Copenhagen’s largest bus operator British Arriva PLC, he added, “We are not rivals, but cooperate with the providers of public transport in order to further develop urban mobility in a customer-oriented and sustainable way.”
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