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BMW i and Schneider in government-backed EV home-charging service

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 09:00

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HOMECHARGING:  Facility to charge at home or work

BMW i and Schneider Electric are combining to provide government-backed electromobility services in the UK – in the form of the BMW i Wallbox.

The deal marks the first time a premium car manufacturer has partnered directly with a charging point manufacturer and installer to provide EV charging facilities in the home.

Wallboxes can be sited wherever a client wishes, with installation costs offset by 75% due to the government’s £37million investment package into EVs.

The subsidy brings the installed cost down to £315, including VAT.

David Greaves, National Business Development Manager for EV at Schneider Electric, said: “We are very excited about this partnership as the provider of home EV charging systems to BMW customers.

“We strive to deliver seamless, efficient and customer-friendly EV charging installation, extending excellent service into the provision of domestic electric car charging systems.”

Supply points will enable UK owners to charge their cars at up to 7.4kW from zero to 80% within three hours, and onto a full charge within four hours.

The installation package will be provided by Schneider Electric but managed by BMW, and can be customised to meet individual customer needs.

Suzanne Gray, General Manager BMW i, added: “We are delighted to have Schneider Electric, one of the world’s most experienced leaders in EV charging technology infrastructure, on board to help bring 360˚ ELECTRIC to customers as part of the launch of the new BMW i3.”

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