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BMW’s Compact DC Fast-Charger

August 1, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, New Products, Plug-In 2014 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Multiple Electric Vehicle and ChargePoint Network Compatibility,
A ‘Milestone’ in the Development of DC Fast Charge Infrastructure

BMW has introduced a 24-kilowatt a DC fast charger, developed with Bosch and manufactured by IES in France. The unit is half the size of currently available DC chargers, is compatible with multiple electric vehicles and the ChargePoint network, BMW says, and is “significantly more affordable.”

this item was initially posted immediately prior to Plug-In 2014,
on July 28, and has been revised and re-posted at BMW’s request

Two BMW i3 battery electric cars and the new 24-kilowatt DC fast charger at the Plug-In 2014 ride-and-drive in San Jose.

Two BMW i3 battery electric cars and the new 24-kilowatt DC fast charger at the Plug-In 2014 ride-and-drive in San Jose.

The wall-mountable BMW i DC Fast Charger, which weighs less than 100 pounds, will be priced at $6,548 for authorized BMW partners.

“BMW i DC Fast Chargers will change the face of public charging as the first compact and affordable DC Combo fast charger,” the company says.

The BMW i DC Fast Charger was unveiled Monday Plug-In 2014 conference at California’s San Jose Convention Center.

Key to ‘the Mobility of Tomorrow’

“This is a milestone in the development of the DC fast charging infrastructure,” BMW of North America EV infrastructure manager Robert Healey says in the charger release. “With more than five years of real world experience, we understand that a robust network of publicly available DC Combo Fast Chargers is a key part of the mobility of tomorrow.”

“BMW is offering the BMW i DC Fast Charger at an appealing price point, and more manageable size, to make the convenience of DC fast charging more accessible for BMW i3 owners,” Healey said.

BMW’s 24-kilowatt unit DC Fast Charger feeds current directly to the vehicle’s battery, the company says, resulting in a more efficient and faster charge. BMW employs the SAE Combo 1 connector.

Separately, a Program with NRG eVgo

Separately, BMW is launching a program letting BMW i3 drivers in California charge for free, for up to 30 minutes, at NRG eVgo DC fast-charge stations, through 2015. Using its own fast-charge equipment, BMW says, NRG is building a network to cover 100 locations by the end of 2015.

BMW i3 drivers will be able to use their BMW ChargeNow card, which also works on ChargePoint network chargers, at the NRG locations. They will not be required to have a separate eVgo membership.

“With the cooperation between ChargePoint and NRG eVgo, ChargeNow DC Fast brings us closer to the reality of one card, one account public charging network interoperability,” Healey said. “This program marks the first step in the development of a single user account that can be used with multiple public charging networks, providing the premium user experience that BMW i3 drivers expect.”

‘Public, Home, Workplace, Apartment Community, On-the-Go’

The new DC fast chargers are to be available for BMW i Centers in the U.S. beginning next month. BMW and Bosch plan to introduce a European version of the BMW i DC Fast Charger globally in the first quarter of 2015.

“By identifying strategic partnerships and working with those partners to develop innovative solutions to EV charging needs, we can create an interconnected, reliable network of conveniently placed DC fast charging locations that gives EV drivers the confidence to drive farther than ever before,” NRG eVgo president Arun Banskota said in his firm’s BMW partnership announcement.

“Our strategy is to provide a complete solution for electric vehicle drivers,” Banskota said. “By offering public, home, workplace, apartment community and on-the-go charging stations in each of our markets, NRG eVgo offers EV drivers total range confidence with cost certainty.”

Terry O’Day is California business development VP at NRG eVGo. Jack Cannata is marketing director.

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Source: BMW North America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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