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Clutch of awards for BMW


The BMW i4 was crowned the ‘Best Electric Executive Car’.

The BMW i4 was crowned the ‘Best Electric Executive Car’.

The BMW i4 was crowned the ‘Best Electric Executive Car’.

A range of electrified BMW models have conquered industry awards in recent weeks, including Top Gear Electric Awards and the Fleet News Awards 2022, where BMW was named ‘Fleet Manufacture of the Year’ for the fourth consecutive year. Electrifying.com also named BMW as one of their ‘Green Heroes’ at their augural awards.

Looking only at the best cars in the world on sale now, the Top Gear Electric Awards recognise truly innovative and industry-leading EV models.

The recently launched BMW i4 was crowned ‘Best Electric Executive Car’, with judges complementing the vehicle’s ergonomic cabin and sharp dynamics. 

The BMW iX was also recognised by the judges, taking home ‘Best Luxury Electric Car’ with judges commenting ‘electric drivetrains lend themselves utterly to what we might describe as ‘luxurious’ when it comes to cars: smooth, silent, powerful. They are more reliable in absolute terms, deliver on the grails that luxury cars have sought since the invention of the chauffeur. The BMW iX wins because it disguises its bulk with calm authority. It has all the gizmos, but they’re not always on display. It’s soothing and therefore the height of EV luxury.’

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Finally, the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was awarded to the BMW i3, ahead of the model ending production later in 2022. The BMW i3 made waves when it was first launched back in 2013 and was the BMW brand’s first fully electric vehicle.

Taking note of the brand’s long history in the field of electric vehicles, BMW has been awarded ‘Green Hero’ at the first-ever Electryfing.com awards. Designed to recognise companies who are showing commitment to reducing their environmental impact, the awards explored a range of measures introduced by brands including carbon-neutral manufacturing, the reduction of rare-earth metals, use of recycled materials and auditing of the supply chain.

Founder and CEO of Electrifying.com Ginny Buckley said BMW established its commitment to sustainability with the ground-breaking all-electric i3 and is now leading the way when it comes to sustainability across manufacturing and the supply chain.

Three BMW models were named winners at the 2022 Fleet News Awards, with the brand also taking home the highly coveted ‘Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year’ title for the fourth consecutive year.

The BMW i4 took home two awards on the night including ‘Best Premium Car’ and ‘Best Zero Emission Car’ with judges praising the model’s ‘low running costs, fantastic driving and a range that makes all the difference.

The highly sought after ‘Best Premium SUV’ category was also awarded to BMW and the fully-electric iX3. Launched first in 2020, the iX3 offers hints of both the iX and i4, alongside the familiarity of the popular X3 SUV. Judges were impressed with the model’s value for money and competitive running costs, noting ‘the iX3 combines all the traditional strengths of an X3 with electric power.

‘Excellent value for money, well equipped, great to drive and with competitive running costs, it has enough range to satisfy most journey profiles and makes electric a viable proposition for SUVs’.

Voted for by fleet decision-makers across the industry, Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year acknowledges the brand which produced the best fleet vehicles in a given year, with 2022 seeing BMW take home the crown for the fourth year in a row.

Two BMW models were successful at the Fleet World Awards 2022, with the BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series taking home ‘Best Compact Executive Car’ and ‘Best Executive Car’ respectively.

Volvo makes it easier to charge EVs

Drivers of fully electric Volvo cars in Europe now have a wider choice of public EV charging networks at their fingertips following the integration of the Plugsurfing platform directly into the Volvo Cars app.

By enhancing the functionality of the Volvo Cars app, Volvo customers now have access to more than 270,000 charging points across the continent and across borders, while also being able to pay for charging all from a single and seamless gateway. The Volvo Cars app shows drivers the location of their nearest public charging station along with real-time information on its availability.

In simplifying the mobile charging experience, Volvo Cars is making it even easier for drivers to charge their Recharge pure electric car by eliminating countless different charging apps and payment systems, as well as improving access to public charging infrastructure.

This experience is enabled by Plugsurfing’s Developer Platform and Drive API, which directly integrates charging information into the Volvo Cars app, thereby creating a seamless and convenient experience. The app will be rolled out to the majority of its European markets between now and the end of 2022.