Charging station streetlight revealed by BMW

BMW has successfully developed an LED streetlight that doubles as a charging station for electric vehicles (EV). The company says that the unit is more energy-efficient than a typical streetlight, and it is also brighter. The new lights are modularly designed to enable them to be adapted to any existing road type.

The technology, which BMW calls 'Light & Charge', can be fitted to existing streetlights. The unit has an EV charging point with a standard-fitting adaptor, with the control panel enabling any EV driver to charge his or her car regardless of what make it is. German premium car maker BMW claims that just one or two modules will provide satisfactory lighting in residential areas and on side streets. The MD of the Oxford MINI plant, Frank Bachmann, said: "Light & Charge is a simple and innovative solution which aims to integrate a charging station network into the urban landscape and this is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future. I'm delighted that the MINI plant is the first location in the UK to showcase BMW Group's technological expertise not only in developing electric vehicles but also as part of a much wider commitment to electric mobility."

The use of intelligent control electronics in the Light & Charge software means that not only are these efficient EV car units but also that they will save energy by decreasing the output of light when it is not needed.