Clean cars

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Car maker BMW pre­sum­ably saw the irony of pow­er­ing the pro­duc­tion line for its new BMW i3 and i8 elec­tric­ity-driven mod­els with elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from burn­ing coal, so has an­nounced it is build­ing a 10MW wind­farm to power the plant. The tur­bines will be built be­side the ex­ist­ing car plant in Leipzig, Ger­many, which turns out about 200,000 ve­hi­cles per year. The com­pany wants the en­tire pro­duc­tion process to be based on the use of sus­tain­able en­er­gies. Mean­while the Ford plant in Da­gen­ham, UK, is also in­tended to be fully pow­ered by wind by Au­gust next year. Cur­rently there are two tur­bines gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity for the plant; the ad­di­tion of a third will pro­duce more elec­tric­ity through­out the year than the plant uses.

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