Perhaps you are among those who has beheld the awe-inspiring beauty of the BMW i8 hybrid supercar or the i3 EV and thought, “well, I would certainly love to drive either one of these, but I’m just not sure how bright the future of electric charging infrastructure is.”
Fortunately, we love bad puns and new technology here at BMW of Bowling Green, and we’re pleased to tell you that BMW is pilot testing a system that will allow drivers to charge their cars via street lights.
“Seamless charging infrastructure is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future,” Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said.
The Light and Charge system is being tested in Munich, utilizing LEDs with the ChargeNow system to keep streets lit while simultaneously giving EV and PHEV customers a means to keep their vehicles juiced up.
If the project moves past the feasibility stage, it could be a potential game-changer in transitioning EVs and PHEVs like the i3 and i8 into more markets and making them more commonplace here in Bowling Green.
Believe us: given the performance of the i8 and i3, that’s something for which we are keeping our fingers crossed!