BMW has announced plans to introduce their i Home Charging Services at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Designed to maximize to use of renewable energy, the updated BMW i Wallbox Pro charger uses solar power whenever it is available. When the sun goes down - or solar panels aren't installed - the vehicle is automatically charged at the cheapest off-peak rates. BMW says this could save U.S. customers up to $800 (671 / 525) a year.
According to project manager Julian Lienich, Our aim is to make mobility as cheap as possible for users and to allow them to maximize their use of green power but without having to organize everything themselves.
Besides introducing the new charging system, BMW will showcase a "stationary energy storage system" that uses repurposed BMW i batteries. Described as a concept product, the storage system collects solar energy so it can later be used to charge an electric vehicle or power a house. As the company explains, "the ability to use solar energy, regardless of time of day, helps households to achieve higher levels of energy self-sufficiency and to minimize the impact of rising energy prices."
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