BMW Group, TU Chemnitz and Stadtwerke Leipzig are launching an electromobility user study with long-distance commuters and 15 BMW ActiveE EVs in the Leipzig, Germany area. The project is funded as part of the showcase “Electromobility Connects” Bavaria-Saxony by the federal government.
Another focus of the project is on the application of different recuperation strategies while driving. In recuperation, the electric motor functions as a generator to recharge the battery pack when the driver takes his or her foot off the gas pedal.
The test will run in 5 phases of 12 weeks each, with users sought with a daily commute of 40–100 km (25-62 miles). A prerequisite for applying as a test driver for the research project is the ability to install at home or work a charging station.
Researchers at Chemnitz University also jointly developed with BMW special data logger for the vehicles and will conduct with each user a subjective assessment.
BMW has already gathered data from more than 16 million kilometers (10 million miles) of testing with the MINI E (its first EV model) and about 5 million kilometers (3 million miles) with the BMW ActiveE (its second EV model). BMW’s first series production EV, the i3, is slated to enter the market at the end of this year.