Green Drives Conference to Feature All-New, All-Electric BMW i4 and BMW iX

The first-ever all-electric 2022 BMW i4 All-Electric Gran Coupe and 2022 BMW iX Sports Activity Vehicle will be featured at Chicago Area Clean Cities’ Green Drives Conference & Expo on Tuesday, May 3, in Naperville, Illinois.

More than 30 environmentally vehicles – from all-electric passenger vehicles to biodiesel-powered work trucks and Class 8 trucks powered by low-emissions alternative fuels – will be showcased at the green-vehicle conference. The conference and expo is one of the largest conferences of its kind in the Midwest.

Bill Jacobs BMW of Naperville will display the all-new BMW i4 and BMW iX. The dealership has participated in every Green Drives since the first expo was held in 2012.

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

  • John Davis, the Emmy Award-winning host of MotorWeek Television
  • Melissa Washington, senior vice president, government and external affairs, ComEd
  • Mike Lambregtse, fleet account executive, GM Fleet and Commercial Vehicles
  • Jerry Quandt, executive director, Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association
  • Matt Herman, director of environmental science, Clean Fuels Alliance (formerly National Biodiesel Board)
  • Jim Keiken, director, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • Angela Tin, vice president of environmental health, American Lung Association, Co-Coordinator Chicago Area Clean Cities

The one-day program is highly attended by commercial and government fleet administrators, automotive suppliers, and those working in clean tech and clean energy. To register for tickets, visit

The new 2022 BMW i4 is an all-electric premium compact sports sedan available in two variants. The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) i4 eDrive40 has 335 horsepower and a range of 301 miles. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) i4 M50 comes with 536 horsepower and a range of 270 miles. As the i4 name suggests, this new electric BMW is a member of the 4 Series lineup.

The iX is BMW’s first fully electric SUV. For its introductory 2022 model year, the iX is available in a single trim level called the iX xDrive50. It has all-wheel drive courtesy of two electric motors — one at each axle — that produce a total of 516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque.

Chicago Area Clean Cities, a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, has been working with commercial and government fleets for 28 years to help them transition to sustainable transportation.

The Chicago coalition is one of more than 75 coalitions across the country affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. The coalition concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago region, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

To see the agenda for this year’s conference, visit the Green Drives webpage.

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