The BMW i3 all electric car, will launch in late 2013, but the technology inside it is currently being field tested in a huge fleet of over 1,100 leased ActiveE, and previously to that, in 600 leased MINI E cars.
Now BMW and Real Goods Solar have teamed up to offer those current drivers of the ActiveE (and previous drivers of the MINI E), along with any future i3 owners a “special discount” of approximately 35% on a solar system installation. with Real Goods Solar.
BMW sees this as a way to encourage the change into green energy, and to offer “sustainable, premium mobility solutions”, at least according to BMW Manager of Electric Vehicles of BMW of North America, Rich Steinberg.
“Solar power is a natural fit for electric vehicle owners looking for a more sustainable lifestyle,” explained Real Goods Solar CEO, Bill Yearsley, “We are delighted to partner with BMW of North America to deliver Real Goods’ award-winning design and installation services to help ActiveE drivers harness the power of the sun to fuel their new sports car.”
The company also added, “Real Goods Power Savings Plans reduce initial investment costs to a minimum and include premium industry products, including modules manufactured in America, and a proprietary online monitoring system, which includes the ability to track the performance of their solar system on the web or through an iPhone application.”
The i3 will feature a 130 kW/170 HP electric motor, which will drive the rear wheels, and has an expected range of about 100 miles on a 22kWh pack. However, the EPA adjusted rating will likely be in the low 90s, north of the Nissan LEAF and Ford Focus. The car will retail slightly above the level of those domestic brands.
(Updated: output numbers should have read 130kW, not 130 hp/concept specs-fixed, thx to Tom!)