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US data shows electric vehicles can do more than save fuel

SAN FRANCISCO, California / MUNICH, Germany: The BMW Group and PG&E present the results of their ChargeForward project in favour of maximizing the use of electricity from renewable resources to charge electric cars.

The main findings were:

  • Electric vehicles can help to stabilise the public grid
  • Drivers will change charging habits, given the right message / incentives.
  • Energy companies can increase daytime charging with renewables by supporting companies to add workplace charging.
  • Sharing data with other drivers motivated many participants.
  • Programmes such as ChargeForward improve customers’ understanding of how the grid works.
BMW CHARGING: Image: BMW America
BMW CHARGING: Image: BMW America

The bottom line, BMW says, is that battery-car owners could make their high-voltage batteries available as a flexibile buffer for power generated from renewable sources and receive bonuses by charging their vehicle at the best time of day.

That last would maximising the proportion of solar energy they use – at home or out-and-about and using a public re-charge facility.

Dr Joachim Kolling, head of BMW Group’s Mobility and Energy Services, told The Corner in a media release: ”Our target is to offer charging with the least CO2 emissions at the most attractive prices for electric cars.”


Steve Malnight, a senior vice-president for energy supply and policy at Pacific Gas & Electric, added: “As California advances toward a carbon-free economy, this collaboration demonstrates how utilities and automakers can partner to use the grid more efficiently through smart and managed charging.

”Together, we’re paving the way for the rapid spread of electric cars and achieving a clean, sustainable, energy future.”

ChargeForward says it brings CO2-neutral electric mobility and efficient, environment-friendly, electricity a step closer together. The project launched by BMW i and power supplier Pacific Gas&Electric in California has been running since 2015 and 350 owners of BMW and Mini electric vehicles who also have a PG&E supply contract are taking part in the fleet trial.

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