BMW Smart Charging App Determines Optimal Times for Charging
Electric Vehicles Based on Rates and Calculates Cost.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 9, 2014… The new BMW Smart
Charging App makes it possible for BMW i customers to automatically
identify the best rates and times for charging their electric vehicles
at home. Developed by the BMW Group and available for Android and iOS
devices, the BMW Smart Charging App is integrated with the BMW i
Remote App, which allows drivers to get vehicle information via their
smartphone. The BMW Smart Charging App has the potential to save
customers as much as $400 annually on their electric bills. BMW is the
first automotive manufacturer to offer this automated and fully
In its initial phase, the BMW Smart Charging App is currently
available to BMW Electronauts. Electronauts are electric vehicle
enthusiasts who leased a BMW ActiveE as part of the company’s field
trial which began in 2012, many of whom were among the first in the
U.S. to take delivery of a BMW i3. Through a direct connection to a
national energy rate database hosted by BMW Group partner, software
company Genability, BMW i3 drivers will be able to automate their
charging strategy in advance for daily and weekly use. They can also
check their energy rates in this database, determine the optimal times
to charge their vehicles and get transparency over the charging costs.
“By automating the at-home charging planning process with the BMW
Smart Charging App, we are offering BMW i customers greater
convenience and helping them conserve energy while maximizing their
cost savings,” said Jose Guerrero, Product Manager and U.S. Product
Planning and Strategy for BMW i, BMW of North America.
By linking the BMW ConnectedDrive interface through the BMW i Remote
App, customers can also precondition their BMW i3 vehicles’
temperature, see their vehicle status, view actual charging times and
related costs, and adjust and disable their charging settings remotely.
“BMW is dedicated to improving the at-home charging experience for
customers so they can best optimize their electric vehicles for daily
use. The BMW Smart Charging App provides BMW i3 drivers with an
easy-to-use app that is integrated with the vehicle,” said Julian
Lienich, Project Lead, BMW Group.
The BMW Smart Charging App will be available to all BMW i3 and BMW i8
customers in the U.S. in 2015.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in
2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include
marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW
brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and
the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic
design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon
Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW
Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all
X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity
Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S.
through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity
Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car
dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding
Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is
located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.