Tuesday newsbriefs

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment


BMW is looking for 700 drivers in seven US cities – Boston, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Hartford – to lease the 1-Series ActivE electric car. It’s a 24-month programme, demanding $2,250 down and $499 a month. These are the only examples of the ActivE to be available, and all data and feedback will be collected to inform the development of the full-production i3. More about this (pay-to-play) field trial here.

  • BMW’s US tech office is also partnering with cloud-computing experts Tendril to build a ‘show home’ in Mountain View, California, to support the launch of the ActivE. This demo smart house will feature a cloud-based energy management system which will control and monitor the car-charging equipment, solar panels, water heaters, appliances and communications with the grid. More at Green Car Congress.
  • Sensible real-world, here-and-now stuff: turn your engine off if you’re stationary for more than a minute, says Transport for London. Not only will you save fuel, you’ll help reduce air pollution. Advice does not apply to those already driving cars with stop-start…
  • Latest update on the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for Europe) ‘platooning’  experiments here: first successful demos have taken place. The Ricardo/Volvo Trucks-led consortium is testing autonomously-controlled vehicle convoys near Gothenburg; video showing how the tech works here.
  • More from Green Car Congress, more cloud stuff: OnStar is working with Google HQ on monitoring charging of the company’s 17 Chevy Volts, using renewable-source energy. A smartphone app to prioritise renewable use could thus be included in the OnStar suite. Handy diagram to understand this at Green Car Reports, btw.

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