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BMW integrates EV charging point into street lighting

Presented at the Eurocities conference in Munich, the Light and Charge system is designed to use the existing power supply infrastructure from street lighting to enable faster roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles.

The prototype uses low-energy LED lighting and features a built-in control panel and can be accessed using BMW’s own ChargeNow scheme, as well as through the Hubject pan-European charging project launched last year.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: ‘Light and Charge is a simple and innovative solution to naturally integrate a reliable network of charging stations in the city. Only with a comprehensive charging infrastructure we see the future more electric vehicles in the cities.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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