BMW and Electrify America have confirmed that new BMW EV owners in 2022 will be eligible for up to two years of complimentary charging, in 30-minute increments, at Electrify America stations across the United States.
Electrify America is among the largest electric vehicle charging networks in the United States, with 800 EV charging stations and 3,500 individual ultra-fast chargers already operational. This program will launch when sales of the new BMW i4 sedan and iX SUV begin in March in the US.
“No additional cost to the vehicle’s purchase price” is included with this program, and while specifically focused on the new iX xDrive50, the i4 eDrive40 and the i4 M50 at present, “additional models and benefits” are set to be incorporated down the line. This, presumably, includes the iX M60, which is due to arrive in June.
“The collaboration with Electrify America is one more step on our road towards a sustainable future,” BMW of North America president and CEO Sebastian Mackensen explains in an official statement. “Charging availability is a key feature when it comes to electric vehicles. We’re excited to offer our customers access to charging that is fast, affordable and convenient, as we launch the next generation of all-electric from BMW.”
“This is a very exciting time as more drivers are turning to e-mobility for their transportation needs to travel around town and across the country,” Electrify America president and CEO Giovanni Palazzo continues. “Our coast-to-coast network of ultra-fast chargers is growing every week with more charging stations which are ready to welcome new owners of electric vehicles from BMW. We are delighted to collaborate with such a prestigious automotive brand.”
BMW states that, with Electrify America’s ultra-fast chargers capable of delivering 150 kW to 350 kW, between 90 and 180 additional miles – around 145 km to 290 km – of charge can be available to the i4 and/or iX inside 10 minutes. Electrify America has also confirmed that, by 2026, the company plans to more than double its charging station network to 1,800, with up to 10,000 individual stations available across the US and Canada.
BMW has also claimed that, following the launch of the i4 and iX – pricing and package details for which have now been outlined for both Canada and the United States – and the upcoming arrival of the i7 limousine, the German marque anticipates worldwide EV sales will rise by an average of 20 per cent per year between 2025 and 2030. By the end of the decade, fully electric vehicles are expected to make up “at least 50 per cent” of the BMW Group’s sales.