Since too much information isn't exactly possible in some situations, BMW is continuing its electric vehicle user study in Leipzig, Germany. The automaker is working with TU Chemnitz (University of Technology) and Stadwerke Leipzig municipal utility to conduct an electromobility study with long-distance commuters in 15 BMW ActiveE EVs in the Leipzig area.
The project is funded as part of the German federal government's "Electromobility Connects" Bavaria-Saxony. The test will track daily commutes of between 40 and 100 kilometers (25-62 miles) in five phases of 12 weeks each. Test drivers are required to install a charging station at home or work.
BMW has also worked with Chemnitz University to develop a special data logger for vehicles, merging this objective data with subjective answers to a battery of questions. BMW has already collected data from more than 16 million km (10 million miles) of tests of its Mini E and about five million km (three million miles) with its second electric model, the ActiveE. Drivers in US test markets have participated – in Boston, Hartford, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.
Testing is sure to continue with its third EV project – the i3 – later this year. The i3 with be the first series production electric car produced by the German automaker.