Will BMW ask DOE for alternative energy Section 136 loan? on Driving the Nation

Will BMW ask DOE for alternative energy Section 136 loan? on Driving the Nation

Detroit, MI at the North American International Automobile Show (NAIAS) – Dr. Ian Robertson is a Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing.

BMW has been producing vehicles in the South Carolina since 1994. They sell the cars in the United States, but they also export about seventy percent of what they make in South Carolina outside of the United States. They are the largest NON-NAFTA auto exporter.

Reducing emissions has been on the mind of BMW for a long time. BMW has diversified their line-up with fuel-efficient gasoline vehicles, lighter, carbon-fiber enriched vehicles, diesel and electric vehicles.

BMW has been making test vehicles, the MINI-E, and the BMW Active E. Where will they make the electric vehicle? In 2011 BMW launched the i-brand, a full electric BMW brand. BMW built a plant in Washington State for the BMW i series. It will have a complete body structure of carbon fiber.

If they make the EV in the United States, with American workers, they would be eligible for a DOE Section 136 loan.

Would BMW consider asking the Department of Energy (DOE) for a loan to produce the cars here in America?

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.