When London made a bid to host the 2012 Olympics Games, it boasted of green credentials. London won and vowed to host the greenest ever Olympics. The Olympic body has picked BMW as the official automotive sponsor of the Games, provided that the German luxury carmaker would provide mobility for the participants and sell the fleet to the second hand car market thereafter the event.
But herein lies the issues. BMW has determined its Olympic fleet would number 4,000 brand new BMW vehicles, mostly BMW 3 Series and 5 Series Saloons. Around five percent of the total – or 200 units -- are electric cars. Compared to conventional vehicles, premium luxury ones usually consume more fuel and emit more carbon dioxide.
And with nearly 4,000 premium BMW cars bound to be shipped to London from Germany, the Green Party is crying foul, as it would taint the promise of the London games as the Greenest ever.
According to Jenny Jones, a member of the London Assembly for the Green party, there is really no need to ship 4,000 new cars from Germany to London since only politicians and dignitaries will ride them, as most of the athletes will be staying in the Olympic Village and don’t need to travel to their respective events. He also noted that there is no need for 4,000 new BMW cars since London has a good public transport system, calling the fleet a bad news for the environment.
Meanwhile, Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, hit the fact that only 200 of the 4,000 BMW Fleet cars provided are electric. She said that considering the promise of staging the greenest ever Olympics, only electric cars should be provided.
Pidgeon noted that electric vehicles are not only quieter, but are also less harmful to human lungs. She remarked that the 2012 Games should have a big boost to the growth of EVs in the UK, but now they have vehicles that further aggravate London’s serious air pollution. Many agree.