BMW readies SA market for i3 electric car

BMW South Africa has signed a partnership with Schneider Electric to provide efficient charging facilities ahead of the local BMW i3 launch.

The partnership will see the availability of  the BMW Wallbox charging station while the agreement 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.

The BMW i3 will be the first electric vehicle on the market to be purpose-designed as such from the outset, and is expected to launch in South Africa early in 2015. It has a driving range of approximately 300 kilometres before recharge is necessary.

BMW wall charger
BMW wall charger

“As the worldwide expert in energy management, 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.

“As such, Schneider Electric is very excited about collaborating with BMW on its i Wallbox charging station, and providing future electric vehicle customers in this region with our smart energy solution knowledge and installation skills, which are focused on being safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green.”

The installation package will be provided by Schneider Electric but managed by BMW and can be customised to meet customers‘ specific requirements.

BMW wall charger
BMW wall charger

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