Global Fleet

BMW Street Lights Include EV Chargers

November 10, 2014

Photo of BMW headquarters in Munich via BMW.
Photo of BMW headquarters in Munich via BMW.

BMW has designed LED street lights that can charge battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).

Munich will be the first region to run the pilot program next year using existing local authority lighting infrastructure. Two prototype “Light and Charge” street lights have been developed using the company’s ChargeNow charge stations and LEDs and are located in front of the BMW headquarters, according to the manufacturer.

The street light chargers will be open for any vehicle regardless the model type. Drivers can pay to charge their vehicles using a smartphone app.

BMW is not the first to use street lights as a form of charging infrastructure. Intelilight, a Romanian lighting company, has created technology that allows electric vehicle charging plugs to directly attach to street light poles. Local Brasov authorities will offer the charging service for free as a way to promote the use of electric vehicles, the company said.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

 

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All
 

Grants & Subsidies

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Find your closest station or plan a route. Locate biodiesel, electric, ethanol, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), and propane across America.

Start Your Search