April 26 - BMW, the official automotive partner for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, has unveiled its fleet of low-emission electric and hybrid cars, motorcycles and bicycles for this summer, which will play a crucial role in delivering what is promised to be the first "truly sustainable Games".
The average CO2 emissions of the vehicles provided are 116 grams per kilometre, four grams below the London 2012 target, BMW claims.
The fleet will also be crucial in delivering the Games, as it will perform such tasks as providing mobile cameras for the marathon, carrying medal winners during the Games to interviews or towing horse ambulances across Greenwich Park.
BMW and MINI's fleet will also ensure officials, organisers and members of the media are ferried around the London 2012 venues this summer.
Included are 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE cars, which will shuttle athletes and broadcasters around the Olympic Park.
For the Olympic Torch Relay, there will be 40 MINI E electric vehicles provided, while 200 MINI Countryman Cooper D vehicles will be at key locations such as Heathrow airport and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hotels as an on demand service.
The BMW X3 xDrive 20d will help tow boats at sailing and rowing venues, and support the Torch Relay, and the BMW X5 xDrive 30d will help with towing horse ambulances at equestrian events.
For the cycling and rowing, there will be 25 motorcycles and 400 bicycles respectively to assist coaches, officials and other support roles.
By far the most numerous vehicle used will be the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamic car, of which there are 1,550 being provided to London 2012.
This will be the main command car for the Torch Relay, as well as being used for cycling events and by technical delegates.
Chris Brownridge, BMW's United Kingdom marketing director, said: "Our London 2012 fleet shows what BMW technology can achieve today in terms of fuel economy and low emissions, including the first major presence of super clean EU6-compliant cars on UK roads.
"We look forward to sharing our vision of sustainable urban mobility during the Games, including our revolutionary electric vehicle technology at the BMW Group Pavilion in the Olympic Park."
BMW supports a number of the British Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls this summer – such as double Beijing 2008 swimming gold medallist Rebecca Adlington and world champion rower Tom Aggar, through the use of their vehicles and other forms of support.
The company also helped with preparations for the 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, through the BMW state of the art Energy and Environmental Test Centre in Munich, which tested the Torch in a range of weather conditions, including snow, wind and driving rain.
Richard George, transport director at London 2012, said: "From motorcycles to electric vehicles and 4x4s, the requirements of the 2012 fleet are hugely diverse.
"BMW and MINI have provided a variety of different cars, ideal both for city driving and long distance, to travel to Olympic and Paralympic venues around the country.
"It was vital that our partner in this field could deliver a one-stop shop solution and meet our sustainability targets.
"BMW has surpassed our requirements and we are delighted to be working with them."
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