7/28/2014

BMW Launches Its Own DC Fast-Charging Station

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BMW AG is introducing a 100-lb , $6,500 fast charger for electric vehicles and plug-ins.

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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.

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.