Jan 2013
Electricity Distribution
BMW Active E
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Electric Vehicles
The operation of the BMW Active E EV is in the final development stage with regards to the drive train and charging equipment prior to commercial launch of the production EV.
The aims of the project are to achieve the following:

  • The installation of next generation charging facilities to new European Standards to test usability and reliability

  • Use of the domestic charging facilities using a Mode 2 interface (a power controller charger that limits the power being drawn through a socket with a lower rating) rather than dedicated high power charger

  • The new design of public charge points because the previous designs of EV charging infrastructure suffered unreliability due to signal failure causing user dissatisfaction, and less propensity to purchase an EV. The new design has facilities for credit card payment and is promised to be more reliable.