BMW has launched a smart charging app in the United States that determines which hours electricity is cheapest, helping BMW i3 owners save money on home-charging their units. According to BMW, the app is available on both Android and Apple devices and comes embedded into the iRemote App, which sends information about i3 temperature, status, charging times and related costs.
BMW will initially offer the app only to Electronauts -- its i3 early adopter program in the United States that started operations in 2012. BMW’s smart charging app employs a direct connection to a national energy-rate database that is hosted by BMW partner Genability.
According to the carmaker, the smart charging app enables i3 owners to adjust their charging strategy even weeks in advance. Julian Lienich at BMW remarked that the carmaker is committed to improving the at-home charging experience for customers to best optimize their EVs for daily use.
According to BMW, the smart charging app will be made available to all i3 and i8 customers in the US starting 2015, adding that the app could help owners save almost $400 (EUR295) annually.
“By automating the at-home charging planning process with the BMW Smart Charging App, we are offering BMW i customers greater convenience and helping them conserve energy while maximizing their cost savings,” said Jose Guerrero, Product Manager and U.S. Product Planning and Strategy for BMW i, BMW of North America.
BMW’s LifeDrive architecture and eDrive drive innovations allow for an excellent amount of design freedom. Indeed, the BMW i3’s appearance is as notable as the sensation of space and on-board drive experience.
A body that measures 3,999 mm long, 1,775 mm wide, and 1,578 mm high provides the BMW i3 distinct dimensions with dynamism and compactness that underline the vehicle's agility for city driving. The BMW i3’s shortened overhangs are also a distinct indication of its agile drive traits. Ample glass surfaces infuse the i3 with a captivating lightness and, along with its apparent carbon elements, create an insight into the vehicle's lower-weight architecture.
Using light but extremely sturdy CFRP material in constructing the passenger section means it does not need B-pillars, so that accessibility to the two rows makes seating very easy. One of the hallmark traits of BMW i models is the black belt that reaches the bonnet above the roof and to the back of the vehicle. Another result of the individual BMW i design motif is the streaming flow sweep of the side shapes that make for bigger side window areas at the back and so increases the substantial feeling of room inside the vehicle.
The i3’s front design is distinguished by a powerfully shaped apron, by the distinct interpreting of the kidney grille as an encased component, and by headlamps rimmed with U-shaped LED lights. The U-shaped LED lights in the rear are combined as floating components into the ample, completely glazed tailgate.