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BMW rocks down to electric avenue


BMW South Africa has announced a partnership with Schneider Electric, in order to move forward with the imminent release of its electric hybrid i3 and i8 vehicles locally.


The partnership agreement includes checking the electrical installation in customers’ homes, supplying and assembling the Wallbox charging point, as well as maintenance and other services for BMW i vehicles.

The BMW i Wallbox (as it’s called) will help secure an efficient home-charging solution for charging the i3 which is slated for launch in South Africa early in 2015 and the i8 later in the year.

 “Over the course of the numerous pilot tests we staged worldwide with electric vehicles, we listened to our customers very carefully, and will be able to offer them a ‘360° Electric’ concept when the i3 is launched locally as well, comprising solutions that cater to all the requirements of future electric motorists,” said BMW South Africa’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Antonio Antela Martinez. 

The i3 is an exciting vehicle; it’s light, with a kerb weight of 1 195kg and it produces 125kW/250Nm, meaning a 0 - 100 km/h dash in 7.2 seconds with a range of 130 to 160km in everyday conditions and a maximum range of approximately 300km.

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