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BMW Group presents innovative street lighting with integrated charging station for electric vehicles.

Munich. As part of the Eurocities conference in Munich, discuss in from 5 to 8 November 2014 more than 500 representatives of major European cities on pioneering infrastructure projects, the BMW Group presents the prototype of a highly energy efficient street lighting that is both charging station for electric vehicles. The pilot project is called Light and Charge. The first two prototypes of the BMW world were brought into service today. Light and Charge combines the latest LED technology with a usable connection cashless way to charge the high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles, which is integrated in the ChargeNow network of BMW i. The BMW Group therefore uses its technological expertise for a holistic, far beyond the development of vehicles also reaching commitment to electric mobility.

"Light and Charge is a simple and innovative solution to naturally integrate a reliable network of charging stations in the city," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on the occasion of the commissioning of the first two charge-lanterns. "With the ChargeNow map of BMW i, we are creating today access to the world's largest network of charging stations. We are pleased that we can with our partners to promote the expansion of the charging infrastructure further jointly by the project Light and Charge. Only with a comprehensive charging infrastructure we see the future more electric vehicles in the cities. "

The Light and Charge street lighting is much more energy-efficient by the LED modules and has a higher luminous efficiency. The units are universal and can be modularly adapted depending on the location. With up to four LED modules, they illuminate the lanes of major roads at night, one or two modules provide a pleasant light in the side streets and residential areas. As LED technology - similar to the headlights for vehicles - enables a particularly targeting of light rays, also an unnecessary and ecologically unfavorable light scattering can be avoided.

With the development of the Light and batch system, the BMW Group is a signal for the development of a comprehensive network of charging stations for electric vehicles. In cooperation with the City of Munich created a concept that uses the existing infrastructure in the area of municipal power to increase the number of public charging stations clearly. The pilot project will begin in spring 2015 in Munich. By replacing conventional streetlights to Light and Charge units could wherever appropriate parking space is available, a loading facility for electric vehicles to be created.

The Light and batch units have a standardized connector for charging cable of electric vehicles. The integrated control panel allows the driver to start the download procedure with just one click. Then settlement of the injected current, as already today in many charging stations in public spaces common on the ChargeNow network of BMW i. ChargeNow already offers customers of BMW i access to worldwide around 18,000 charging stations. Within Europe, a provider is optimized cross-linking using the platform eRoaming Hubject. Presented in Munich and Light and batch used units are designed for integration into the ChargeNow network and for connecting to the Hubject platform. Thus, the additional charging stations created many users are independent of vehicle type and electricity suppliers available.

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