Bosch Power DC Plus

Bosch Power DC Plus

Good news coming from Bosch and BMW, who announced today a sub-$10K DC fast charger via BMW i for North America.

Both companies are calling the charger "fast", although at 24 kW they are more a like semi-fast unit (mid step between slow AC charging and fast 50+ kW fast charging).

Anyways, the 24 kW DC chargers with SAE Combo 1 connector for $9,995 are a relatively good value proposition. Only BMW dealers were able to buy them cheaper, but with support from BMW.

"Price listed does not include applicable taxes, shipping or installation and is subject to change without notice."

Chargers will be compatible with all cars with SAE Combo 1 inlet and from the start are ChargePoint-network ready.

"Expanding on its position as a market leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will supply and install the BMW i DC Fast Charger for North American BMW i Centers and authorized partners, starting in August 2014.

Using the SAE Combo 1 connector, the BMW i DC Fast Charger will charge a BMW i3 to 80 percent in just 30 minutes and is also compatible with other electric vehicles (EVs) using the SAE Combo 1 inlet. Several major automakers, including BMW have committed to adopting the SAE Combo 1 DC Fast Charge connector standard.

The BMW i DC Fast Chargers will also be ChargePoint-networked, allowing BMW and non-BMW electric vehicle drivers alike to access the stations with a ChargePoint or ChargeNow card for a quick charge."

"In addition to providing the charging station, Bosch will offer installation services."

"The BMW i DC Fast Charger is also half the size of current fast chargers, taking up less space and offering an industry-first wall-mount or pedestal-mount option. The station is 31”H x 19”W x 12”D and weighs less than 200 pounds, featuring a rugged IP54 enclosure, meeting NEMA 3 requirements, and is outdoor rated from -40°F to 185°F to perform in extreme conditions.

Bosch Automotive Service Solutions is currently the residential charging installation partner for the BMW i3 in North America, providing concierge-level services to drivers as part of BMW i 360º Electric, a portfolio of complementary, innovative offerings for driving electric."

Kevin Mull, VP of Business Development, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions said:

“With our BMW partnership already covering BMW i3 drivers who wish to charge their electric vehicles at home, we’re now helping them charge quickly on the road, at BMW i Centers and elsewhere nationwide. As we’ve grown our relationship with BMW over the years, including residential charging, this is another way we can help both dealer and driver realize the full capabilities of the BMW i3.”

Cliff Fietzek, BMW Connected eMobility Group Manager said:

“BMW strongly believes DC fast charging is a critical element in increasing overall acceptance and adoption of the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle. In working with Bosch to develop and install the DC fast chargers we continue to underscore the company’s commitment to the BMW i3 and to the future of electric mobility.”