LOCOG & BMW GROUP UNVEIL LONDON 2012 FLEET
- World's most sustainable automotive manufacturer delivers diverse
London 2012 fleet including cars, motorcycles and bicycles
- Fleet average of 116g/km CO2 emissions and 64.5mpg, beating target
set by Organising Committee
- First medium-sized cars on UK roads meeting 2014 EU6 emissions
London, 26 April 2012: LOCOG and BMW, Official Automotive Partner to
the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, today revealed full
details of the London 2012 fleet. Set to play an essential role in
delivering a successful Games, LOCOG's deployment plans for the
low-emission, diesel, hybrid and electric cars, motorcycles and
bicycles were unveiled for the first time.
Whether it be pulling boats out of the water at Weymouth, providing a
mobile camera platform for the marathon, towing a horse ambulance
across Greenwich Park or 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
Naturally making sure the right people are in the right place at the
right time, across more than 30 venues in London and 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."
LOCOG's challenging average fleet emissions target of 120 grams CO2
per kilometre was set significantly below the UK total new car
emissions average of 138 grams CO2 per kilometre / 54.2mpg. (Ref.
CleanGreenCars.co.uk) The BMW and MINI fleet surpasses the target with
average CO2 emissions of 116 grams CO2 per kilometre or 64.5mpg.
Chris Brownridge, UK Marketing Director, BMW 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 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."
Beyond the vehicle requirements, BMW Group is supporting a significant
number of Team GB and ParalympicsGB members and hopefuls. More than
140 individuals around the country are receiving backing in the form
of vehicles, support and encouragement.
In addition, the technical facilities of BMW Group were put to good
use to help test the Olympic Torch ahead of its 70 day Olympic Relay
around the UK. The company's state-of-the-art Energy and Environmental
Test Centre in Munich was used to test the torch in all manner of
different weather conditions, from 5ºC to +40ºC temperatures, +50mph
winds, snow and driving rain.
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