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One from the good ol' US of A.

Not sure on the international prospects for these, but thought it would be of interest to Speak EV folk all the same, photo and press release from BMW i USA below...

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  • BMW i DC Fast Chargers, developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, are half the size of current DC Combo fast chargers, compatible with multiple electric vehicles and significantly more affordable.
  • BMW i DC Fast Chargers run on the ChargePoint network giving BMW i3 drivers access with a ChargePoint or ChargeNow card.
  • ChargeNow DC Fast enables BMW i3 drivers to charge at no cost, at participating NRG eVgo Freedom Stations equipped with DC Combo Fast Charging, through 2015.
San Jose, CA/Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 28, 2014… At Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles, BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers which can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. A joint development between BMW and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, BMW i DC Fast Chargers will change the face of public charging as the first compact and affordable DC Combo fast charger. The first BMW i DC Fast Charger will be on display at Plug-In 2014 on July 28 at the San Jose Convention Center. BMW also announced its new ChargeNow DC Fast program in cooperation with NRG eVgo, in which BMW i3 drivers in California can enjoy no cost unlimited 30 minute DC fast charging, at NRG eVgo Freedom Station® sites equipped with DC Combo Fast Charging, through 2015.

Introducing the BMW i DC Fast Charger

Conventional DC fast chargers are about the size of a standard refrigerator, cost tens of thousands of dollars and require a significant amount of electricity. Half the size of a traditional electric vehicle DC charger – measuring 31”H x 19”W x 12”D and weighing approximately 100 pounds – BMW i DC Fast Chargers can be mounted on a wall, a first for electric vehicle DC fast chargers. In addition, BMW i DC Fast Chargers will be priced significantly less than other DC Combo chargers in the market at $6,548 for authorized BMW partners.

“This is a milestone in the development of the DC fast charging infrastructure. With more than five years of real world experience, we understand that a robust network of publicly available DC Combo Fast Chargers is a key part of the mobility of tomorrow,” said Robert Healey, EV Infrastructure Manager, at BMW of North America. “BMW is offering the BMW i DC Fast Charger at an appealing price point, and more manageable size, to make the convenience of DC fast charging more accessible for BMW i3 owners.”

The 24 kW DC Fast Charger feeds the current directly to the vehicle’s battery, resulting in a more efficient and faster charge. BMW i DC Fast Chargers use the SAE Combo 1 connector, the North American automotive industry standard for fast charging; feature a rugged aluminum IP54 enclosure; meet NEMA 3 requirements; and are designed to perform in extreme weather conditions, from -40°F to 185°F. Additionally, the BMW i DC Fast Charger is ChargePoint network-enabled, allowing electric vehicle drivers with the SAE Combo 1 inlet to access the BMW i DC Fast Charger using a ChargePoint or ChargeNow card. Major automakers including BMW, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Daimler, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche have committed to adopting the SAE Combo 1 inlet for DC charging.

The BMW i DC Fast Chargers will be available for BMW i Centers across the U.S. beginning in August.

Introducing ChargeNow DC Fast for BMW i3 Drivers

In keeping with its holistic approach to making DC fast charging more accessible and, in turn, increasing the adoption of electric vehicles, BMW, in cooperation with NRG eVgo, will offer no cost charging to BMW i3 drivers at participating eVgo Freedom Station sites equipped with DC Combo Fast Charging in California through 2015.

Using their ChargeNow cards, BMW i3 drivers will have access to unlimited 30-minute DC fast charging sessions with the ChargeNow DC Fast program. BMW i3 owners can sign up easily for ChargeNow DC Fast at chargenow.com/us. In order to receive the full benefits of the program, BMW i3 drivers must use the ChargeNow card, provided with their BMW i3, to charge the vehicle at least once by December 31, 2014, at a participating eVgo Freedom Station. By doing so, BMW i3 drivers will enjoy continued access to no cost DC charging sessions through the end of 2015. Eligible BMW i3 vehicles must be equipped with the DC Fast Charging option (SAE).

“We’re confident the rapidly-expanding NRG eVgo DC Fast Charging network will provide significant benefits to BMW i3 drivers in California,” continued Mr. Healey. “With the cooperation between ChargePoint and NRG eVgo, ChargeNow DC Fast brings us closer to the reality of one card, one account public charging network interoperability.”

eVgo will deploy a minimum of 100 BMW i3 compatible DC Fast Chargers across California to support the ChargeNow DC Fast Program.
 

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Does the US government (local or centralise) offer incentives in any way like our government does? It kind of feels from the outside looking in the EV producers there are being a little more self-sufficient and industrious in terms of charger rollout and incentive schemes? Superchargers all over the place, Nissan charge free scheme, and now this from BMW i? Why is this I wonder.
 

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Interesting, a half sized DC charger....with half the power output. 24kw DC means that the above mentioned 30 minute charging session is only good for 12kwh. For a car with 18.8kwh usable capacity that is only 64%, not the 80% quoted. Useful for a bit of a boost but I don't think you'd use it to go cross country....
 

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I think these lower rated 24kW chargers are great.

They would be ideal because they are cheaper than a fully fledged 50kW charger. Also installation costs would be alot less due to it not drawing as much current at peak power. This sort of price you could have two at each Nissan garage.

Another benefit of installing a lower rate charger like this would be installing them at service stations that don't have the capacity for a full 50kW, like Strensham M5 services.

I have seen a presentation on these 24kW chargers and the actual charge time is not alot longer compared to a 50kW charger. This is because you don't turn up to a charger completely empty. If you turn up at a rapid you have say 20% SOC. When the charging gets to 50ish% SOC the charge rate drops a fair bit so it doesn't matter that your connected to a 50kW charger.

I'd have a rough guess if you turned up at a 24kW charger the time it takes to charge from 10 to 80% would be about 35-40 mins compared to 25-30 mins if you was connected to a 50kW charger.

When I have been connected to a Ecotricity rapid I have never had the full 50kW, usually it peaks at 41kW (106A).
 
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I think these lower rated 24kW chargers are great.

They would be ideal because they are cheaper than a fully fledged 50kW charger. Also installation costs would be alot less due to it not drawing as much current at peak power. This sort of price you could have two at each Nissan garage.

Another benefit of installing a lower rate charger like this would be installing them at service stations that don't have the capacity for a full 50kW, like Strensham M5 services.

I have seen a presentation on these 24kW chargers and the actual charge time is not alot longer compared to a 50kW charger. This is because you don't turn up to a charger completely empty. If you turn up at a rapid you have say 20% SOC. When the charging gets to 50ish% SOC the charge rate drops a fair bit so it doesn't matter that your connected to a 50kW charger.

I'd have a rough guess if you turned up at a 24kW charger the time it takes to charge from 10 to 80% would be about 35-40 mins compared to 25-30 mins if you was connected to a 50kW charger.

When I have been connected to a Ecotricity rapid I have never had the full 50kW, usually it peaks at 41kW (106A).
True the ecotricity units are limited to 106 amps it seems, other chargers are not...!
 

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True the ecotricity units are limited to 106 amps it seems, other chargers are not...!
I wouldn't know I have only ever rapid charged from Ecotricity. What's the highest current you have seen?
 

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It's a 24kWh charger yet claims to charge to 80% in 30 minutes? And then, later says, "slightly longer charging times".
So, which is it?
 

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That's Journalism for you.
 

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@flipper pure guess here but their charge to 80% in 30 mins is probably in reality a charge from 20% to 80% in 30 mins, compared to a 50kw unit which could probably do from 0-80% in 30 mins.

As previously mentioned if you arrive with some charge already then you get little benefit from the extra kw.

Interested point is that this article is listed as BMWs answer to superchargers. They both seem to be heading in opposite directions. 24kw for bmw and 130kw for tesla! BMW appear to be trading time charging for convenience of more sites but this can only end one way as batteries improve 24kw will become redundant. You could argue Tesla will get 10 years+ out of their supercharger sites whereas BMW will probably be lucky to get 5 years out of theirs. 5 years from now cars may have onboard chargers capable of 24kwh! Oh Telsa nearly does that now as well :p
 
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