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BMW Unveils ConnectedDrive, Helping Owners Save Money on Charging

Car Charging Group and BMW of North America have entered into a data licensing agreement as the company as made similar deals in other countries around the world.

CarCharging will provide detailed public EV charging station information available on the Blink Network directly to BMW drivers. Information transfer will happen through BMW’s ConnectedDrive in-vehicle navigation system and the BMW i Remote mobile app.

BMW owners who drive one of the company's i vehicles will be able to use the BMW Smart Charging App that taps into a national energy rate database (powered by Genability) to allow drivers to automate charging during off-peak hours when electricity usage costs are lower. Charging vehicles at these lower rates could save drivers as much as $400 a year, BMW says. It's a simple idea, but one that could make BMW's EVs even more attractive to potential customers.

The BMW Smart Charging App is initially available to customers who have leased a BMW ActiveE from the company's 2012 test fleet, a group whom BMW dubs Electronauts, and many of whom are also early adopters of the BMW i3. The app will then become available to all BMW i3 and i8 customers beginning in 2015.

The Smart Charging App is integrated with the BMW i Remote App, which links with the BMW ConnectedDrive interface to also allow drivers to monitor charging times and vehicle status, adjust charging settings and even adjust vehicle temperature so the car is ready before the driver gets in the vehicle. The Smart Charging App is available for iOS and Android devices. Find more information in the press release from BMW below.

BMW Unveils ConnectedDrive, Helping Owners Save Money on Charging Reviewed by Brandon on 8:00 PM Rating: 5

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