BMW i clever charg­ing sched­ule

Bray People - - MOTORING -

THE BMW i brand has be­come a pi­o­neer in the field of sus­tain­able and in­di­vid­ual mo­bil­ity, not only thanks to ground break­ing ve­hi­cle con­cepts and drive tech­nolo­gies but also with the in­no­va­tive ser­vices on of­fer.

The lat­est in­no­va­tion is unique to the BMW Group and of­fers cus­tomers the op­por­tu­nity to take ad­van­tage of favourable elec­tric­ity tar­iffs or a high pro­por­tion of self-gen­er­ated so­lar en­ergy dur­ing the bat­tery charg­ing process of BMW i and BMW iPer­for­mance ve­hi­cles.

The BMW Dig­i­tal Charg­ing Ser­vice takes into ac­count not only tar­iffs with a vari­able price in the day­time, but also those that in­clude pre­de­ter­mined high­est and low­est prices. As a re­sult, cus­tomers can take ad­van­tage of par­tic­u­larly favourable overnight rates.

It works by au­to­mat­i­cally sched­ul­ing the start and fin­ish times of each charg­ing process with a view to achiev­ing the best pos­si­ble cost ef­fi­ciency or max­i­mum pro­por­tion of green elec­tric­ity. The charg­ing sched­ule al­ways en­sures that the ve­hi­cle has the max­i­mum bat­tery ca­pac­ity at the de­sired de­par­ture time and that the in­te­rior is also fully pre-con­di­tioned.

In con­junc­tion with the new BMW i Wall­box Con­nect, the Dig­i­tal Charg­ing Ser­vice can also op­ti­mise the use of the cus­tomer’s home so­lar pan­els to en­sure the most cost-ef­fi­cient method of ve­hi­cle charg­ing. The amount of lo­cally gen­er­ated so­lar elec­tric­ity is pre­dicted based on the sys­tem’s per­for­mance data and the cur­rent weather fore­cast. Us­ing this data, it is pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine the pro­por­tion of so­lar elec­tric­ity that is not con­sumed in the home at the time of be­ing pro­duced and there­fore be used for emis­sion-free mo­bil­ity.

For ve­hi­cles built from July 2017 on­wards, the BMW Dig­i­tal Charg­ing Ser­vice is in­cluded for one year; there­after, cus­tomers can re­new their sub­scrip­tion to the ser­vice in the Con­nect­edDrive Store. For ve­hi­cles built pre July 2017, Dig­i­tal Charg­ing Ser­vice can be ret­ro­spec­tively added and re­newed via the Con­nected Drive Store for the same an­nual fee.

Fast, safe and con­ve­nient charg­ing with the new BMW i Wall­box Plus and BMW i Wall­box Con­nect.

The new BMW i Wall­box Plus is one of two home charg­ing units avail­able from BMW for the BMW i3, i8 and iPer­for­mance Ve­hi­cles. Launched ear­lier this year, the BMW i Wall­box is 40 per cent more com­pact com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor mod­els and for added se­cu­rity in­cludes in­te­grated au­then­ti­ca­tion us­ing an RFID card (Ra­dio Fre­quency Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion), en­abling au­to­matic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of sev­eral ve­hi­cles.

With a charg­ing out­put up to 11kW (with a three-phase sup­ply), cus­tomers can recharge their ve­hi­cles 70 per cent faster than with a stan­dard charg­ing cable, for ex­am­ple, BMW i3 cus­tomers can charge their ve­hi­cles to 80 per cent ca­pac­ity in less than three hours.

The new BMW i Wall­box Con­nect ben­e­fits from all the same fea­tures as the BMW i Wall­box Plus, how­ever adds fur­ther in­tel­li­gent and in­ter­ac­tive func­tion­al­ity. The BMW i Wall­box Con­nect is fully Wi-Fi en­abled for sim­ple in­te­gra­tion to home net­works and com­pat­i­ble smart home sys­tems, these in­clude Lox­one and MyGEKKO. In­tel­li­gent charg­ing is also pos­si­ble with Dig­i­tal Charg­ing now avail­able from BMW.

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