There is good news for BMW owners who want to continue to reduce their carbon footprints. BMW has come a long way in the innovation of electric vehicles like the 2016 BMW i3 Hatchback Four-Door with Range Extender, which can be found here at BMW of Peabody. The 2016 BMW i3 is powered by a combination electric battery with a gasoline-powered range extender that allows the model to travel approximately 150 miles before needing to be recharged and refueled. And for those drivers of the i3, BMW recently announced some great news — a stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery.

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With this system, which integrates seamlessly with charging stations and solar panels, customers can offset peak energy costs and also enjoy the added security of an available backup energy supply during power outages, BMW announced at a Montreal expo. The system utilizes BMW i3 high-voltage batteries and can be expanded to incorporate 2nd Life Batteries as they become available in the market. This strategy will extend the useful life of the battery for the owner, even beyond in-vehicle use. Because the electric draw is much less at home when compared to automotive usage, this storage system is an ideal application for a retired BMW i3 battery and ensures that the repurposed battery will offer many additional years of service, affirming the BMW i commitment to sustainability, BMW said in a statement.

Recently the BMW i3 model caught the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department, which recently cut a deal to bring in 100 surprising models for use around the city. The LAPD chose the BMW i3 for its “efficiency, reliability and state-of-the-art ConnectedDrive services,” which can be used to support fleet management applications, the LAPD said in a press release.