BMW of North America and Electrify America have announced an agreement to provide 2022 BMW EV customers with two years of 30-minute complimentary charging sessions at all Electrify America public charging stations, from the date of vehicle purchase. The program will launch with the sale of the new all-electric BMW iX xDrive50, BMW i4 eDrive40, and BMW i4 M50 in March. With no additional cost to the vehicle’s purchase price, customers will immediately have access to complimentary charging at more than 3,000 Electrify America chargers across the U.S.
“The collaboration with Electrify America is one more step on our road towards a sustainable future,” said Sebastian Mackensen, president and CEO, BMW of North America in an Electrify America news release. “Charging availability is a key feature when it comes to electric vehicles. We’re excited to offer our customers access to charging that is fast, affordable, and convenient, as we launch the next generation of all-electric from BMW.”
Using in-car navigation, the myBMWapp , or the Electrify America app, BMW owners will be able to locate nearby charging stations, verify charger availability, and navigate to the charging stations. “This is a very exciting time as more drivers are turning to e-mobility for their transportation needs to travel around town and across the country,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president, and CEO of Electrify America. “Our coast-to-coast network of ultra-fast chargers is growing every week with more charging stations which are ready to welcome new owners of electric vehicles from BMW. We are delighted to collaborate with such a prestigious automotive brand.”
The BMW agreement with Electrify America is similar to the arrangements the charging company has made for EV models from Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Hyundai, Volkswagen, and others.
Electrify America’s ultra-fast DC chargers are capable of delivering from 150 kilowatts (kW) to 350kW – the fastest charging speed available today. This can allow BMW iX and BMW i4 drivers to add between 90 and 108 miles of EV range in as little as 10 minutes, respectively. Electrify America has 800 EV charging stations and about 3,500 individual ultra-fast chargers open or with construction completed in the U.S. By 2026, the company plans to more than double its infrastructure with 1,800 charging stations comprised of 10,000 individual chargers in the United States and Canada.
Kevin Clemens is a Senior Editor with Battery Technology.