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Thursday, November 3, 2011

ActiveE Program Delayed a Couple Months?

Looks like the ActiveE will be getting some more "tweeking" the next few months
The MINI-E lessees just received an email from BMW that indicated we will have the option to extend our MINI-E lease past December. This can only mean one thing, the ActiveE program is being pushed back a bit. No word on the financial terms of the lease extension, or exactly how long. I did call BMW financial and was told the lease extension was going to be "a couple months" and that they believe the ActiveE program will now begin around February. Hmmm. Here's what we received:

WE’RE GETTING CLOSE

Greetings Motoring Pioneer,

By now, you have had the chance to meet the all-new BMW ActiveE and we trust you are as excited about the next big step in electric mobility as we are. Your choice to continue driving your prized MINI E will be met with the reward of being among the first eligible to lease this exciting new BMW electric vehicle.

In the weeks to come, your MINI E lease extension is scheduled to mature. As this could occur prior to the delivery date of your new BMW ActiveE, we would like to offer you the chance to keep driving in silent bliss while you move through the process of obtaining your new BMW EV. If you would like to briefly extend your time with the MINI E, please contact us to make the necessary arrangements.

Here is how:

* To contact a MINI E Lease End Specialist about your MINI E lease decision, please call 800.959.4269, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Time.
* If you have other questions about the transition from your MINI E to the BMW ActiveE, please contact BMW ActiveE Customer Relations at 855.236.1025 or ActiveECustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

We look forward to hearing from you in the days to come. Please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to assist you in your BMW EV decision making process.

Thank you for continuing with us in this pioneering effort. We look forward to having you Activate
the Future.

Sincerely,
The BMW ActiveE Team


UPDATE: I was able to contact BMW and was informed that this doesn't necessarily mean the ActiveE lease program will be delayed. They are simply doing this because the MINI-E leases are maturing in early December and BMW want's to make sure the MINI-E drivers that want to transition into an ActiveE will be able to do so without interruption. This will also allow the participants in states (like here in NJ) to easily transfer our registrations from the MINI-E to the ActiveE. Once the lease expires, and you return the car, it's not that simple. Hopefully, we will still start getting our cars in December. I really want to test out the thermal conditioning and ability to pre-condition the battery and cabin through the winter months when it's needed the most. 


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