Charging your BMW i3 from a streetlight

BMW i | November 8th, 2014 by 13
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Electric cars are directed primarily to an urban clientele, so offering diversified charging solutions is one of the main strategy points to bring electric vehicles …

Electric cars are directed primarily to an urban clientele, so offering diversified charging solutions is one of the main strategy points to bring electric vehicles to mainstream customers.

With that thought in mind, BMW is trying to make it easier to charge an electric car on the go, unveiling a prototype charging station built into a streetlight.

The “Light and Charge” streetlight was unveiled this week and combines the streetlights with the ChargeNow stations. The program is being currently piloted in Munich.

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“Seamless charging infrastructure is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, a BMW board of management member.

READ ALSO: How to install a BMW i3 charging station

First two prototype streetlights are already installed at the BMW HQ in Munich, and drivers will be able to pay for a charge through a mobile app. To promote the technology, BMW allows other electric vehicles brands to charge from the streetlight.

13 responses to “Charging your BMW i3 from a streetlight”

  1. Isak Swahn says:

    My first thought was that the author would show how to steal electricity with the help of a streetlight and a screwdriver. :-)

    • cros13 says:

      Afraid that’s not comparable. Ubitricity requires an individual’s own EVSE, which many owner don’t own due to the expense (a 700-1000 euro option on many EVs like the Leaf and i3) and the fact that in many countries (like Ireland) there are free home chargers and plentiful public charger.

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