BMW Turning Street Lights Into Charging Stations
One of the challenges of an electric car is finding a place to plug it in. Charging stations can be hard to come by – making this one of the reasons some people shy away from electric car ownership in general. BMW, though, has a plan to make it easier by turning ordinary lampposts into electric vehicle charging stations.
It seems almost obvious when you think about it. Lampposts already run on electricity, so the infrastructure is there. With just a slight modification, BMW could make that power accessible to electric vehicles.
According to Reuters, BMW has two prototypes for its "Light and Charge" lampposts that will combine LED street lights with their ChargeNow stations. These new charging stations have already been installed in front of BMW HQ and can easily be added on to existing lampposts. Munich will be the first city to participate in a test program of these new lampposts. They are designed to work with any electric car and any electricity provider. Electric vehicle owners might be getting easier access to electricity, but it won't be free. Using these stations will require downloading an app to pay to get their vehicles charged.