Schneider Electric to supply charging system for new electric BMW

August 28th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT


BMW  and Schneider Electric are  forging ahead with  customer-friendly electric mobility. The partnership agreement signed 26 August 2014 includes checking the electrical installation in customers’ homes, supplying and assembling the wallbox charging point, as well as maintenance and other services for BMW i vehicles. This will allow future owners of a BMW i3 or BMW i8 to hook up their vehicles safely and quickly recharge it while at home or in the office.

Antonio Antela Martinez and Eric Leger

Antonio Antela Martinez and Eric Leger

The partnership arrangement  meets  the overriding objective of providing customer-friendly and efficient charging facilities by the time the car is launched locally in 2015. It t will allow recharging in the comfort of the customer’s own garage. The BMW i3 will be the first purpose designed electric vehicle on the market in South Africa.

Announcing the partnership  at Schneider Electric’s first Southern African Xperience Efficiency conference,  Antonio Antela Martinez, BMW South Africa’s director of sales and marketing, said that with BMW i the company is adopting an all-embracing approach to electric mobility. “Over the course of numerous pilot tests with electric vehicles world-wide, we listened to our customers carefully, and will be able to offer them a “360° electric” concept, meeting  all the requirements of future electric motorists. We see the professional installation of the wallbox for charging as one of the key factors for the successful marketing of electric vehicles. We are delighted to have Schneider Electric, one of the most internationally experienced partners in the field of electric mobility and efficient energy management on board to help implement our strategy.”

“Schneider Electric intends to play an important role in the adoption of solutions that enable the impact of mobility on the environment to be reduced and energy charges to be optimised. We also firmly believe that sustainable energy solutions can only become a reality through collaboration and partnerships”, said Eric Léger, country president for Southern Africa at Schneider Electric.

This collaboration allows Schneider Electric to work closely with BMW, providing home surveys, supply and installation of the charging point, as well as offering maintenance and comprehensive support.  The installation package is provided by Schneider Electric but managed by BMW and can be customised to meet specific requirements.

The launch of the BMW i3 will usher in a new era in electric mobility. It is the world’s first premium car conceived from the outset to incorporate an all-electric drive system. This concept gives the car  numerous advantages over “conversion” vehicles, in which the original combustion engine is later swapped for an electric motor.

The hybrid synchronous electric motor developed and produced specially by the BMW Group generates output of 125 kW and puts maximum torque of 250 Newton metres on tap from the moment the car pulls away. The BMW i3 dashes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7,2 seconds, and 0 to 60 km/h in 3,7 seconds. Furthermore, extensive road tests conducted proved that the car’s range of 130 to 160 kilometres in everyday conditions is adequate to comfortably meet day-to-day mobility needs.

The  car is also available with a range extender engine increasing the range to about 300 km.

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