Harsh competition in the automotive industry to produce the most efficient vehicles possible has BMW changing its focus. The German automaker that made its reputation on performance, both on and off the track, is now revolutionizing the way drivers can charge their electric vehicles.
With BMW’s electric i3 hatchback and i8 electric vehicles soon to debut at Perillo BMW, the automaker has announced a partnership with fellow German company Solarwatt to create a solar-powered charging port.
“This is the next step in the BMW i 360-degree package for customer-friendly electric mobility,” said Marcus Krieg, head of BMW’s 360° ELECTRIC project. “With SOLARWATT, we are delighted to be working with a premium partner for customized solar solutions who will cater to our customers’ high standards of quality and style.”
It is unclear how quickly the new solar-charging ports will be able to charge one of BMW’s electric vehicles, as it will depend on light exposure. What is clear is that the ports will save customers money on their monthly power bill.
Customers will have the option to purchase and have the charging port installed when they purchase their BMW i-vehicle. The BMW i3 hatchback will be available later this year, with the i8 sports car arriving early in 2014. Check out a photo of the i8 in the solar-charging port.
To learn more about BMW’s efficiency efforts, visit Perillo BMW in Chicago, IL. We are also located online, at http://www.perillobmw.com/.