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BMW electric cars to get new DC rapid charging solutions

BMW is believed to be readying a new DC rapid charging solution for its electric cars, with an announcement expected within the next three weeks.

Exactly what the announcement will be, we aren’t sure as the BMW i3 is already able to use public DC rapid charging stations for a recharge time of just 30 minutes to 80 per cent battery capacity using the optional DC rapid-charge function. It could be that BMW decides to make this standard equipment.

BMW i3 front view

But Weiland Bruch, corporate communications chief for BMW i vehicles told "We will be making an announcement soon, so watch this space."

The carmaker is already producing 70 i3 models a day at its Leipzig plant just months after its European launch with customers orders now banked up almost six months ahead. This is before the car is launched next month in the US and China in the summer.

Bruch added: "Clearly we do not want people waiting five or six months for their cars and as we launch into more markets we need to think about increasing production."

That's going to be a challenge as the new i8 plug-in hybrid sports car begins series production in Leipzig in April.

Technology used on these electrified i vehicles will spread to other BMW, in particular the use of lightweight carbon fibre panels. These are already on the new M3 for example and Bruch says that the 1.5 litre turbocharged 3 cylinder engine with electric motor and battery pack, as used on the i8 will in the future be used on the X5 plug-in hybrid.


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Faye Sunderland

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