BMW ActiveE and i3 electric vehicle initiative sees partnership with Real Goods Solar

BMW have entered into a new partnership with Real Goods Solar, Louisville, Colorado to permit their customers and owners of BMW ActiveE electric vehicles and buyers of the i3 full production electric powered vehicles which will be launched in the coming year to buy solar panels for their homes at a 35% discount.

Real Goods Solar (RGS) will give BMW customers the option of either buying or leasing the equipment which RGS will install and service. RGS will offer to design, install and monitor a turn-key system to ActiveE customers in places such as California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

RGS have a website full of options whereby customers can select the one most suitable right from a zero down payment to one in which owners can pay $5,269 in full. The installation of these panels will result in a saving of gas and other utility costs. Saving as such that installation of these solar panels will also come in handy for recharging of BMW electric vehicles besides providing solar energy for the entire house and all its electrical fittings besides air heating and cooling appliances.

News Release: BMW of North America Selects Real Goods Solar for Solar Partnership
BMW ActiveE drivers can reduce their dependence on fossil fuels even more

Solar power is a natural fit for electric vehicle owners looking for a more sustainable lifestyle.”

BMW of North America announced that it is partnering with Real Goods Solar to offer BMW ActiveE drivers the potential to get all the energy to charge their EV at home from sustainable solar energy. Real Goods Solar will install solar panels on the homes of ActiveE drivers, known as Electronauts, at a substantial savings of approximately 35 percent.
The Real Goods Solar – ActiveE residential system is offered exclusively to Electronauts. Lease and purchase options will be available to suit the residential energy and charging needs for BMW’s EV drivers. Real Goods Solar will provide a premium offer to design, install and monitor a turn-key solar solution to all ActiveE customers in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

“Our relationship with Real Goods Solar is an ideal complement to the BMW ActiveE experience. It expands on the BMW Group’s vision for sustainable, premium mobility solutions,” said Rich Steinberg, Manager of Electric Vehicles of BMW of North America. “We encourage all of our ActiveE customers to take full advantage of this outstanding program which will enable them to maximize their ultimate EV driving experience while minimizing their overall energy and driving costs.”

Real Goods Solar makes the transition to solar power easy. For ActiveE households, they will handle both the permitting and incentive application processes. They will also provide a production guarantee and full system maintenance.

“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.”

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.