BMW reveals the new Fast Charger
The BMW i Fast Charger has been developed in partnership with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions and is half the size of the existing DC Combo. The charger can be used for multiple electric cars and is more affordable.
At this year's Plug-In conference, where the key issues surrounding the future success of electric cars are discussed, The North American arm of BMW unveiled the i DC Fast Charger, which enables i3 drivers to charge their car up to 80% in half an hour.
The new charger will alter the way in which people charge their vehicles and it also carries an affordable price tag. The new unit weighs about 100lb, can be wall mounted, and costs $6,548 (£3,925). The German company also revealed its new Fast program, which will be run in conjunction with NRG eVgo and gives i3 motorists in California 30 minutes of unlimited charging throughout next year at participating sites.
Robert Healey, the electric vehicle infrastructure manager for BMW North America, said: "This is a milestone in the development of the DC fast charging infrastructure. 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."
Mr Healey added that BMW is confident that the rapid expansion of the NRG eVgo DC Fast Charging network will significantly benefit California's BMW i3 drivers.
A minimum of 100 BMW i3-compatible chargers will be deployed throughout California to support the new programme.