In recent times BMW Australia has been one of the clear and obvious stand outs in the Australian electric vehicle market pushing the envelope with their growing range of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug in hybrid vehicles (PHEV).
They now boast an impressive list of electrified vehicles with the BMW i3 leading the way, as one of the countries best selling EV’s. Just recently BMW passed the 100,000 mark for electric vehicle’s sold worldwide with the BMW i3 accounting for 60,000 of those, making it one of the most successful electric car’s in the market.
The BMW i3 was the companies’ first foray into the world of electric vehicles and is currently on sale in the Australian market in both a BEV (fully electric) with 360V battery and REX range extender version which has an additional petrol engine. The BEV i3 has around 200km of range, whilst the REX i3 increases this to around 300km when the petrol engine kicks in. Designed from the ground up with an onus on sustainability & eco-friendliness, the BMW i3 is certainly a favourite of ours, and of many of our customers.
In Australia, BMW has gone with a Type 1 (J1772) connection for it’s BMW EV range which is interesting given in Europe these vehicles are sold with a Type 2 (Mennekes) connection. Further to this Australia, like Europe utilises a three-phase grid, allowing for faster more efficient charging so this somewhat limits the charging capacity of the BMW. It is hoped that future EV’s shipped to Australia will come with the Type 2 connection for this very reason.
Standard equipment when you purchase your BMW electric vehicle will be a small 10amp portable charger, which will allow you to charge from any standard household electrical socket in around 10-12 hours. Up from here BMW will offer a wallbox charging station, which is manufactured by our partner KEBA specific for BMW. This will increase your car charge time significantly, up to 5x in most cases, which is perfect for the PHEV versions halving your charge to around 6 hours. If you want to upgrade from there we have a 7.4kW Type 1 tethered KEBA P20 which will allow you to charge at the batteries maximum capacity and decrease that total charge time even further.
EVE Australia highly recommend each EV driver purchase a Type 1 to Type 2 EV connector cable in order to make use of the growing number of public EVSE which utilise a type 2 socket outlet to allow for universal EV charging. We also have a range of fast EV chargers perfect for the office, or public infrastructure as well as integrated load management and billing services allowing you to maximise usage and revenue.