BMW Group Australia has announced a new partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging operator Chargefox that provides customers of the BMW i3 and i3S 120Ah with a new charging solution.
Owners of the BMW i3 and i3S 120Ah will receive a three-year subscription to Chargefox, which includes a 250kWh/year allowance. This allowance equates to more than six complimentary charging sessions where the vehicle is charged from zero to full.
In addition, the complimentary charge allowance with the three-year subscription allows BMW i3 and i3S 120Ah customers to use the new Chargefox Ultra-Rapid EV chargers, which are powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.
Charging outside the allowance during the three-year subscription is available to BMW i3 and i3S 120Ah customers at a discounted rate.
Chargefox, based in Victoria, is expanding its network of charging locations nationwide and by the end of 2019 it expects to have more than 100 fast DC chargers operating around Australia.
Part of that public network expansion is the rollout of the Ultra-Rapid EV chargers. Four Ultra-Rapid charging sites are already open and the company says that 22 will be completed and ready for use by the end of the year.
By 2023, BMW Group is expected to have 13 plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and 12 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) in its model portfolio.
The i3 and i3S 120Ah feature a fully electric drive train. The i3, which produces 125kW and 205Nm, accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 7.3 seconds. The i3S, with 135kW and 250Nm, delivers the standard sprint in 6.9 seconds. Both models provide up to 260km of driving range.