BMW, which last year struck up an agreement with a Colorado company to facilitate solar-powered charging for its upcoming plug-in vehicles, has done the same with a company from its homeland.
Dresden, Germany-based Solarwatt is working with Bimmer on a partnership for providing solar-panel systems on the home roofs and carports of the i3 and i8 plug-ins. The partnership's 360° ELECTRIC-branded systems make for an "aesthetic solution with innovative glass-glass modules" that efficiently garner sunlight and turn it into vehicle juice, Solarwatt says.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, BMW will team up with ChargePoint and DriveNow this weekend for the Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon to "build apps, mobile apps and hacks to address some of the issues surrounding electric vehicles and EV charging." We're thinking a Dr. Horrible-style app to steal wonderflonium.
BMW's is on track to start selling its i3 battery-electric, the successor to the lease-only ActiveE, later this year, while the i8 plug-in hybrid will start sales in 2014. BMW also unveiled a coupe concept version of the i3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November. Check out Solarwatt's press release below.
BMW and utility company Green Mountain Energy cut a deal last May with Colorado-based Real Goods Solar to provide discounts on solar-energy systems for drivers of BMW's ActiveE battery-electric vehicles. Drivers from California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York were eligible for discounts of up to 35 percent.
BMW i and SOLARWATT GmbH are soon to be entering into a partnership together. The focus is on providing complete photovoltaic solutions for rooftop systems and carports to BMW i customers.
Under the name 360° ELECTRIC, BMW i offers solutions for any requests a customer might have concerning electromobility. In this comprehensive approach, BMW i will soon be providing
complete solar systems from SOLARWATT. The new SOLARWATT CARPORT SYSTEM offers an aesthetic solution with innovative glass-glass modules for charging your vehicle's battery and powering your home with solar electricity to future BMW i3 or i8 owners. There are many channels for establishing contact: For instance, the customer can obtain SOLARWATT systems on the internet or immediately when purchasing his or her vehicle.
Detlef Neuhaus, CEO of SOLARWATT GmbH, is confident that SOLARWATT's new strategy will provide: "Our working partnership with the leading car manufacturer and visionary supplier of vehicles and mobility services in the field of electric vehicles and demonstrates the practical value of our new energy supply systems of the future."
"BMW i steadfastly continues to put its 360° approach towards customer-friendly electromobility into practice. We are glad that with SOLARWATT, we have a premium partner for custom solar solutions on our side which lives up to our customers' demanding aesthetic and quality standards," says Marcus Krieg, Director of the 360° ELECTRIC Project. This partnership promotes our primary goal of offering sustainable and customer-friendly means of conveniently charging their vehicles in their own garage when the BMW i3 and BMW i8 are introduced on the market.
Founded in 1993, SOLARWATT GmbH is one of Germany's leading providers of photovoltaic solutions, with over 300 employees. The Dresden-based company is active throughout Europe, providing solutions which range from high-quality German-made solar modules to fully integrated, intelligent systems for domestic and commercial use.
Further information can be found at www.solarwatt.de.
About BMW i:
BMW i stands for visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new concept of premium which is largely defined by sustainability. The BMW Group is pursuing a comprehensive approach with BMW i. BMW i defines the new meaning of individual mobility with its tailor-made vehicle concepts, sustainability over the entire value chain and supplementary mobility services.
BMW, ChargePoint and DriveNow Team for Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon for Electric Vehicles, EV Charging and Mobility Services
Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28. Hosted by BMW Group Technology Office USA. Sponsored by ChargePoint and DriveNow
Mountain View, Calif. – April 25, 2013 – BMW, ChargePoint and DriveNow have teamed for BMW's Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon focusing on one of the fastest and rapidly growing industry sectors, electric vehicles, EV charging and mobility services. More than 200 developers, entrepreneurs, electric vehicle experts and corporate executives are expected at the weekend event focusing on sustainability issues facing our future as a greener planet. The event takes place at the BMW Group Technology Office USA at 2606 Bayshore Pkwy., Mountain View, CA on Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Hackathon is hosted by the BMW Group Technology Office USA and sponsored by ChargePoint, Inc. and DriveNow.
Organizers are looking for technical, as well as non-technical people to build apps, mobile apps and hacks to address some of the issues surrounding electric vehicles and EV charging. Participants will hack, eat, compete for prizes across different categories, and most importantly: network with likeminded people to work on new or current projects. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges. Prizes include thousands of dollars in gift cards, service and product prizes being awarded across several categories including:
Originality of the idea
Ability to clearly articulate the details of the application
Technologies used in its creation
Level of completion of the hack over the course of the event
"Teaming with Charge Point and DriveNow to open our collective technologies to joint third-party development is a great illustration of the holistic approach to innovation with BMW i," said Dr. Dirk Rossberg, head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA. "We believe that it is about more than just the cars. We're excited about the technical creativity, talent and ingenuity we'll assemble at this first-of-its kind event focused on app development hosted right here in our office."
"We are proud to be a sponsor of this event," said Tavis Szeto, director of marketing of ChargePoint. "Personal mobility is about keeping drivers connected and informed. Forums like this hackathon foster creativity and collaboration and help create the solutions that make the EV driving experience better."
To form a team, click on HackerLeague. Tweet about this hack: #sustainhack.
About ChargePoint, Inc.
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state-of-the-art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers. Visit www.chargepoint.com for more information. Follow ChargePoint on Twitter @chargepointnet.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 117 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
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