BMW Group provides 3,000-vehicle fleet for London 2012

THE BMW Group is to provide more than 3,000 cars, motorcycles and bicycles for use during this summer’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


BMW is the official automotive partner to the Olympic and Paralympic Games with the fleet including the first medium-sized cars on theUK’s roads that meet European Union 2014 Euro6 emission regulations.


Average carbon dioxide emissions across the fleet are 116 g/km with average fuel economy of 64.5 mpg, beating the 120 g/km target set by the Olympic Games Organising Committee.


The make-up of the fleet was revealed as LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) revealed deployment plans for the low-emission, diesel, hybrid and electric cars, motorcycles and bicycles, which will play an essential role in delivering a successful Games.


Whether it be pulling boats out of the water atWeymouth, providing a mobile camera platform for the marathon, towing a horse ambulance acrossGreenwichParkor carrying medal winners around the Olympic Park to media interviews, the BMW and Mini fleet will perform an extremely wide range of duties during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Additionally, making sure the right people are in the right place at the right time, across more than 30 venues inLondonand beyond, is another key role of the cars, motorcycles and bicycles which constitute the fleet.


Media will be users of the fleet, as well as judges, event organisers, Games officials and staff, ranging from medical officers, IOC photographers and crew to official rights holders and technical delegates.


Richard George, transport director, LOCOG, 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.’


The Olympic and Paralympic fleet comprises: 160 electric BMW 1 Series ActiveE cars;

40 electric Mini E cars; 200 Mini Countryman Cooper D cars; 1,550 BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics cars; 700 BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics cars; 20 BMW 5 Series Active Hybrid cars; 17 BMW X3 xDrive 20d cars; 10 BMW X5 xDrive 30d cars; 25

R1200 RT Motorcycles; 400 BMW Streetcruiser Bicycles.

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