BMW Group is trying to make the charging easier, unveiling a prototype charging station built into a streetlight.
The Munich-based carmaker, maker of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models electric cars told on Friday that it was created a “Light and Charge ” streetlight, that combines LEDs with the ChargeNow electric-car stations for charging. It is planed to run a pilot program in Munich by BMW Group that consists from putting the technology on the existing streetlights.
“Seamless charging infrastructure is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, a BMW board of management member.
More and more electric cars are built every year, eccentric cars become more popular and for long or short distances they need to be charged. BMW Group is trying to follow the steps of the electric-car maker of Tesla that has already began to build its own charging-stations infrastructure, but BMW wants to unify all the electric-cars through their charging stations.
Battery technology has been improving, but automakers are still fighting over some standards needed for charging stations which means that some public charging stations will not work with certain cars.
Two of BMW’s prototype streetlights are already installed in front of the company’s headquarters in Munich, and drivers will be able to pay for a charge through a mobile app. Other charging stations will be added to existing streetlights,and may be used by any vehicle model regardless of electricity provider.
BMW didn’t respond to a request for comment.