BMW to Launch New Fast Charger for i3 Electric Vehicles

By Karin Sun on 28 July 2014
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The 2014 BMW i3 at the IAA

The 2014 BMW i3 at the IAA

BMW announced the BMW i DC Fast Charger, a new product that is capable of charging a BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80% in 30 minutes.  The company plans to make the new charger available in all BMW charging centers in the United States beginning this August.

The BMW i DC Fast Charger will be half the size of a traditional electric vehicle charger, which normally weighs about 100 pounds (45 kilograms), and, at a price of $6,548, significantly less expensive than other chargers currently on the market.  The new 24-kilowatt charger can be mounted on the wall of the charging station and is designed to feed the current directly into the vehicle’s battery, which BMW says results in a faster and more efficient charge.

The launch of the BMW i DC Fast Charger was announced at the Plug-In 2014 conference in San Jose, California, on Monday.

In addition to the new charger, the company will also offer BMW i3 electric vehicle owners in California access to the ChargeNow DC Fast program, which allows drivers free 30-minute charging sessions at any participating eVgo Freedom Station in the state that is equipped with the new i DC Fast Charger.

In order to qualify for the program, drivers must register online and charge their vehicle at a participating station at least once before December 31 of this year.  After the first paid charging session, customers will then enjoy unlimited free charging at participating stations through the end of 2015.

The BMW i3 electric car was first launched this May, and develops a maximum of 170 horsepower engine with a peak torque of 184 pound-feet.  The vehicle has a driving range of 80-100 miles (130-160 kilometers) when fully charged.

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