The old ActiveE and the new BMW i3 electric plus the i8 plugin hybrid can reduce their dependence on fossil fuels even more

BMW of North America announced that it is partnering with Real Goods Solar (Nasdaq: RSOL) to offer BMW ActiveE, i8 and i3 customers too 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. This represents another example of the commitment by the BMW Group to a holistic approach to sustainability that goes well beyond the automobile itself.BMW i3 Electric Car

The Real Goods Solar – The 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 electric car 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 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 EV 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.

In order to take advantage of this exclusive offer, BMW ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS should call (855) RGS-EVPV or visit www.realgoodssolar.com/ActiveE to schedule their solar evaluation.
Source: BMW North America Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 7, 2012…