BMW’s Gorgeous Solar EV Charging Station

by Kenny Hoeschen
BMW’s Gorgeous Solar EV Charging Station

BMW has recently introduced two electric cars, both of which are great cars in their own right: the smaller and more practical pure electric BMW i3 and the performance-oriented, plug-in hybrid BMW i8. To complement these two new cars, BMW has unveiled a conceptual solar-powered charging station, the Point.One S.

The design was created by the German design firm EIGHT and features a large, swept-back canopy that resembles a bird wing and is covered with solar panels to recharge the station while the sun shines. The station includes LED-based lighting to indicate whether it’s currently in use and a touch screen interface to guide and entertain users while the car is being charged. When the station isn’t charging a car, excess power is fed back into the electric grid. The first of the Point.One S charging stations was constructed in front of the BMW Welt facility in Munich.






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