Car Charging Group announced that it entered into a data licensing agreement with BMW of North America to provide detailed station information for all public EV charging stations available on the Blink Network. BMW i drivers will then get that information (location and availability) through BMW’s ConnectedDrive in-vehicle navigation system and the BMW i Remote mobile app.
"BMW i drivers can locate the nearest public EV charging station and view real time use status. Through the CarCharging and BMW agreement, ConnectedDrive will now include this information for all of the public EV charging stations currently on the Blink Network, as well as additional EV charging stations owned and operated by CarCharging."
Michael D. Farkas, Chief Executive Officer of CarCharging stated:
“We are proud to support BMW to include real time information for our EV charging stations through BMW’s ConnectedDrive navigation system. Just as we witnessed the transition of cellular phones from limited analog functions, such as texting and voicemail, to the enhanced digital functionality of today’s smartphones, providing BMW i drivers with direct access to station details from their EV or mobile device serves as evidence of the digitization of the automobile.”
Because BMW is one of the shareholders in ChargePoint, BMW electric cars will have data on the majority of public charging points across North America.
Blink Network - 1,595 Charging Locations on May 21, 2014