In Poland, 4 BMW i3s Serve As Mobile ATMs

APR 28 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

JuiceBox ATM

JuiceBox ATM From “April 1st”

We are accustomed to EVs as very efficient cars that save owners some money, but as it turns out some electric cars provide money like ATMs! Literally!

Recently, EMotorWerks unveiled the JuiceBox charging station ATM, but that was on April 1.ย  Meanwhile, the EV ATMs exist for real!

Idea Bank in Poland introduced several mobile ATMs, using BMW i3s to collect cash from entrepreneurs around the city or withdraw their money.

“The bank has outfitted four electric BMW i3 automobiles with built-in cash depository ATMs that can be called upon by small businesses using the IdeaBank Money Collection app for Android and iOS.

Entrepreneurs can also make an advance booking by entering the desired time and location of the service delivery and observe the carโ€™s current position on a map.

Research conducted by Idea Bank has shown that one in three business owners use only cash transactions, and the remaining two use both cash and different methods of payment. Eighty percent of the respondents deliver their money to the bank in person, often doing so in the evening hours.”

The first i3 ATM was launched in the capital Warsaw. The ATM has its own power supply, separate to i3 REx’s battery pack.

Dominik Fajbusiewicz, Idea Bank board member said:

“Entrepreneurs who personally deliver their income to the bank or a stationary CDM waste both their time and money. Our service aims at lifting that weight off their shoulders,”.

“Depending on popularity, the service will be extended to other cities across the country.”

Hat tip to George Betak!


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Every time I see “Idea Bank”, I always wonder how much interest they would pay if I deposited a really good idea…

Seems like it would be a target for theft. The ATM already has wheels.

I’m afraid you won’t get very far …

(sorry, you asked for it ๐Ÿ™‚

Weird application. Not necessarily the EV aspect — it sounds like it would be a typical urban delivery route with lots of stops (although an i3 would seem to be rather expensive… Why not the cheapest EV available?)
However, someone has to drive the EV around, which is pretty expensive — the whole idea behind ATMs in the first place was to save the teller’s salary and allow 24/7 service.
Sounds like a gimmick.

Its PR action foremost.

Utility is 3rd class citizen or worse ๐Ÿ˜‰

With merging ATM and EV both companies try improve image of “innovation”.

Poland is a mixed bag when it comes to EVs.
1) Huge reliance on coal to power grid.
2) Lack of any EV incentives whatsoever (and strong pressure to tidy up budgetary expenses so no chance for them short term)
3) Solar power will get incentives if processed law is affirmed… But not so for ordinary person. (Utilities will get some good incentives, small producers wont).
4) Public charging seam to be non existing here, while few companies who claim to offer those… have bad rep.

On the other hand we do have really smoged up cities, where current gov. want to banish coal. Going EV there would clear the air a bit, as most pollution produced IN city stays there, while electricity is generated OUTSIDE.

Sadly i3 is simply luxury price tag in my country. No much chance for it to sell in quantities that matter.

(Actually 25k$ is too much to sell in big qantities – so no new EVs for us!)