The news that BMW has won the bid to become to official vehicle supplier to the 2012 London Olympics is a serious disappointment.

Not because there’s likely to be much wrong with the next-generation 1-series and 3-series, but because the Blue Propeller has succeeded in crowding out a much more innovative rival.

Nissan was one of the 2012 bidders, promising to supply a fleet of 4000 vehicles, at least 2000 of which would have been the Nissan LEAF electric hatch. Had Nissan won, French electricity supplier EDF would have helped install charging points through the capital.

The upshot would have been a huge boost for electric car infrastructure in the capital – a city with some of the worst diesel-fired pollution in Europe.

The infrastructure would have lasted long after the games had departed, opening the way for electric delivery vehicles and taxis as well as releasing 2000 barely-used LEAFs onto the second hand market.

As Autocar reports, 2012 sources actively dismissed the idea of using electric vehicles as unreliable and unproven.