BMW tries to solve limited car charging points problem

German car maker BMW is trying to solve what has become a significant issue for electric car drivers: the limited number of charging points. The company is in the process of developing a system whereby a car could be charged using a special type of street light.

BMW has issued a statement confirming that it has placed two different prototype Light and Charge street lights outside its headquarters in Munich, with plans to put more around the streets of Munich in 2015.

The idea that the company has come up with would be fairly easy to put into operation and would see the street light network connected up to charging stations modified for BMW electric cars. These charging stations could also be used by other makes of car, with a telephone app allowing access for a fee.

One of the reasons why electric-powered cars are still not as popular as those using fossil fuel is thought to be a lack of infrastructure for powering them up. Imagine a similar scenario where access to petrol pumps is limited and it becomes obvious why there is still a bigger market for petrol and diesel vehicles. What BMW wants to do is to make charging points as easy to find as the traditional petrol forecourt.

BMW spokesman Peter Schwarzenbauer said: "Seamless charging infrastructure is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future."