Rapid recharging is as important to electric cars as engines are to airplanes. That is to say, they won’t take off without them.
BMW is one of eight manufacturers that will use the SAE International fast-charge connectors in its electric cars. The company brought an i3 electric city car to San Diego where the first of these fast chargers is located.
“The start of the public DC Combo Fast Charging Infrastructure installations in the U.S. is a great base for the U.S. launch of the new BMW i3 because it will offer our customers the ability to recharge their EV in less than 30 minutes instead of the three hours needed with conventional 220 volt public charging stations” said Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility at BMW of North America.
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Chevrolet’s Spark EV will be the first electric vehicle to go on sale with an optional combo charger in December. The BMW i3 will follow it in the second quarter of next year.
The i3 is priced from $42,275 in the U.S. and can carry up to five people. While fully recharging the battery takes 30 minutes on a quick charger, BMW says it can reach 80 percent in 20 minutes. The battery feeds an electric motor, which sends 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. BMW also says the car should be able to travel between 80 and 100 miles.
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