Electric and hybrid vehicles help bring down London 2012 CO2 emissions
Most of the 2,697 cars will be the new 320d and 520d EfficientD ynamics models, with BMW providing a fleet of 160 MINI E and 40 1 Series Coupe-based ActiveE test vehicles to help bring down emissions. The carmaker will also deploy 20 ActiveHybrid5 models, while the cars will be supported by an additional 25 BMW motorcycles and 400 bicycles.
Importantly, BMW managed to beat the 120g/km average fleet emissions stipulated by LOCOG, and massively undercut European fleet-wide emissions of 138g/km, despite using large SUVs for certain roles.
The fleet will be used for the full range of duties across 30 Olympic venues around the UK, from transporting medal winners to media events at the Olympic Park in London, to towing horse ambulances at Greenwich Park or pulling boats out of the water at Weymouth. Members of the world’s media, as well as judges, organisers, officials and staff will all use the vehicles.
Chris Brownridge, UK marketing director at BMW said: ‘Our London 2012 fleet shows what BMW technology can achieve today in terms of fuel economy and low emissions, including the first major presence of super clean EU6-compliant cars on UK roads.
‘We look forward sharing our vision of sustainable urban mobility during the Games, including our revolutionary electric vehicle technology at the BMW Group Pavilion in the Olympic park.’