MONROVIA, CA – The BMW Group has selected AeroVironment as the preferred provider of electric vehicle charging equipment, accessories and installation services supporting the all-electric BMW ActiveE.
The BMW ActiveE electric vehicle marks the second phase of the BMW Group’s electro-mobility development. ActiveE vehicles will be distributed in the major metropolitan markets of Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.
Based on the chassis of a BMW 1 Series Coupe, the ActiveE electric car features an electric drivetrain and is powered by a high-voltage, lithium-ion battery pack. AeroVironment’s EVSE-RS charging station will deliver approximately 25 miles of driving range per hour of charging time. A complete charge from a fully discharged state will take between four and five hours, delivering the ActiveE’s maximum range of 100 miles, the company said.
The charging stations will be installed with a 240-volt electric circuit in drivers’ home garages as part of the vehicle’s total driving system. AeroVironment’s EV charging solutions include data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete installation, training and support services.
AeroVironment’s EV charging products also include fleet DC fast charge stations, fleet AC charging stations, and fleet multi-station charging docks.
“BMW has a strong legacy as one of the world’s premier performance luxury brands, and AeroVironment looks forward to bringing our own legacy of reliability and innovation to BMW’s exciting new launch,” said Tim Conver, chairman and CEO of AeroVironment. “Together, we can expand boundaries in providing practical, emissions-free mobility to the performance vehicle market.”
The BMW ActiveE will be a prelude to the 2013 launch of the Megacity vehicle, BMW Group’s all-electric urban hatchback.