Since February 2000 the BMW Group operates the Engineering and Emission Test Center (EETC) in Oxnard, California, adjacent to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. As a part of BMW Groups Research and Development Department, the primary assignment for the circa 100 employees is the functional and endurance testing of whole vehicles and vehicle systems under typical US-, as well as under extreme environmental conditions. The EETC in California also houses a state of the art laboratory to test the emissions of today's and future vehicles.
From 2006 until 2009 BMW operated a fleet of 22 Hydrogen 7' vehicles for testing and demonstration purposes out of this facility.
In order to cover both of BMW's main markets within the US, in 2011 the EETC opened a satellite test operation at BMW of North Americas Headquarter in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Today, the EETC is an integral part of BMW's leading role in cutting edge technology for future vehicle concepts as well as electrical and hybrid propulsion systems.