BMW Unveils Suitcase-Size Fast Charger for EVs
BMW AG is introducing a 100-lb , $6,500 fast charger for electric vehicles and plug-ins.
BMW funded the 24-kW unit, which was developed with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. The direct-current system is available to companies that partner with the carmaker, starting with the brand's dealers, beginning in August.
Dubbed the BMW i DC Fast Charger, the system measures a relatively compact 12 x 19 x 31 inches and can be mounted on a wall. The device compares to typical high-power charging units that weigh 1,500 lbs, stand about six feet tall and cost $30,000.
The BMW-Bosch system uses SAE's combo plug, which has been endorsed by Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motor and Volkswagen. BMW says the system can restore 80% battery power to a BMW i3 electric car in about 30 minutes.
Separately, BMW will use the new DC charger to provide unlimited free 30-minute high-power charging sessions in California for i3 owners. Charging will be available through at least 100 locations operated by service provider NRG eVgo. BMW says it has no interest in developing its own EV charging network. The promotion will run through the end of 2015.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
The little car that could still can. And this time as a car that not only gets great fuel economy, but which has ride and handling that makes it more than an econo-box (and its styling is anything but boxy).
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.