Lessons Learned at World EV Cities & Ecosystems

- May 7, 2012

EVS26 was unof­fi­cial­ly launched Sat­ur­day by Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia and fea­tured promi­nent speak­er pan­els with well-known fig­ures the emerg­ing elec­tric vehi­cle infra­struc­ture. A few things stood out at World Elec­tric Vehi­cle Cities & Ecosys­tems… BMW is play­ing a promi­nent role in glob­al intro­duc­tion of elec­tric vehi­cles in Europe, North Amer­i­ca, and Asia, though it’s typ­i­cal­ly not men­tioned at all when ref­er­ences are made to EVs now on the mar­ket. Dr. Thomas Beck­er, Vice Pres­i­dent Gov­ern­ment Affairs for BMW Group, made a pre­sen­ta­tion on Project i, its megac­i­ty vehi­cle pro­gram in key glob­al mar­kets, which has test­ed out the Mini-E, BMW ActivE, and will launch the BMW i3 in 2013. It’s clear that BMW is ready to com­pete with lux­u­ry EV mak­ers like Tes­la, as it does with lux­u­ry inter­nal com­bus­tion engine com­peti­tors… Metro mar­kets around the world, includ­ing Ams­ter­dam, Barcelona, and Shang­hai, are pur­su­ing proac­tive ini­tia­tives part­ner­ing pub­lic and pri­vate invest­ments and EV infra­struc­ture part­ners. The num­bers are small, but it is an impres­sive start… Pay atten­tion to what’s being done by UCLA’s Luskin Cen­ter for Inno­va­tion, and UC Davis pro­grams such as Plug-in Hybrid and Elec­tric Vehi­cle Cen­ter and Insti­tute of Trans­porta­tion Stud­ies (video inter­views soon to come).



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