Drivers to receive exclusive access to SolarCity's most affordable service option as a feature of BMW's "360° Electric" Package
SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013—SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY), America's No. 1 full-service solar power provider, and BMW have partnered to offer owners of the new BMW i vehicles exclusive access to SolarCity's most affordable solar service option. The partnership will make it possible for many BMW i owners in SolarCity's territories to power their cars with clean electricity for less than it would cost with electricity provided by their utility company.
SolarCity is BMW's preferred solar power partner. SolarCity's service will be a feature in BMW's 360° Electric portfolio of innovative products and services to support the EV lifestyle.
"Experience with our MINI E and ActiveE field trials has demonstrated that driving electric is a lifestyle, where customers gain a keen understanding of their driving habits beyond driving and are often inspired to find ways to live more sustainably," said Rob Healey, BMW's EV Infrastructure Manager. "With help from SolarCity, BMW i customers will have the opportunity to maximize the commitment to sustainability. This reinforces the entire concept behind the BMW i3, which is engineered and produced by the most sustainable manufacturing process in the automotive industry."
As part of the partnership, BMW i owners will receive a 10-percent discount on SolarCity's home solar offer with flexible financing options, including options with no upfront installation cost and 20 years of locked-in solar energy rates. The discount will be available with the purchase of any BMW i vehicle at all participating BMW i Centers in SolarCity's 14-state service territory. SolarCity makes it possible for many homeowners to install solar panels with no upfront costs, and pay less for solar electricity than they currently pay for utility bills, with insurance, repairs and monitoring service included.
"This partnership makes the more sustainable fuel option—emissions-free solar electricity—also the more affordable one," said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. "By making renewable energy far more accessible and affordable for its customers, BMW is helping to bring clean transportation into the mainstream."
360º Electric is BMW's vision of holistic electric mobility, which extends past the vehicle itself to include the realms of charging infrastructure and home energy use. The 360º Electric portfolio will provide services and products to ensure that BMW i drivers have the driving experience expected from a BMW while making every component of electric driving convenient and environmentally sustainable.
Potential customers who are interested in this special offer or want to learn more about the partnership can visit www.solarcity.com/bmw or call 866-832-SOLAR (7652).
BMW NA has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 335 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 142 BMW motorcycle retailers, 83 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (U.S.) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
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