BMW’s i3 gets speedy battery charger image

The world’s largest premium automaker aims to encourage the adoption of its brand new fully electric car, the i3, by allowing customers to also buy a smaller and faster auto-battery charger.

The speedy units were developed jointly with supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, and allow the car’s battery to reach an 80% charge in half an hour. The unit, which has just half the size of a usual refrigerator, is available only to California owners for now, at the price of $6,548.

“This is a milestone in the development of the DC fast charging infrastructure. With more than five years of real world experience, we understand that a robust network of publicly available DC Combo Fast Chargers is a key part of the mobility of tomorrow,” said Robert Healey, EV Infrastructure Manager, at BMW of North America. “BMW is offering the BMW i DC Fast Charger at an appealing price point, and more manageable size, to make the convenience of DC fast charging more accessible for BMW i3 owners.”

The first BMW i DC Fast Charger is being publicly displayed during the Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to electric vehicles. Mirroring Tesla’s offer for its customers, BMW i3 owners in California will also be given the option to charge for free at any NRG Energy Inc. eVgo public fast charging station through 2015.

Via Bloomberg