BMW Solar-Powered Charging Station Installed in Munich
The car brand collaborates with design firm EIGHT for the sustainable installation
The solar charging station was designed, developed and manufactured by EIGHT and features a sleek design that matches the modern architecture of BMW Welt while also offering up an environment-friendly energy-fueling hub.
The shape of the charging station resembles that of an arched bird’s wing. Solar panels make up the canopy and an electric lighting system based on LED’s create a sense of interactivity with the users. The color and brightness of the LEDs change when a user approaches the charging station. The LED lighting system also serves as an indicator of whether the charging station is occupied or available.
The charging station has an integrated touchscreen display that shows information like current battery range, pre-trip information, and charging strategy, which gives the user an idea on how long the charge will last, as well as when and where they can charge again before they arrive at their destination. The charging station collects solar energy to power up the cars, and it also feeds the unused power back into the grid.
The solar charging station began its operations last week. According to Christoph B. Roessner, managing director of EIGHT, the joint project brought value to the individuals and organizations involved since it gave them important insights. The participants came from different sectors and provided different perspectives to the topic of e-mobility. He added that such projects are needed to show the people what is possible given the technology available today.
The Point.One charging station is part of the “Olympic Park DC charging station” project, an initiative participated in by EIGHT and other entities like ABB, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, RWE, the University of Bamberg, the Federal Defense University of Munich, and the Dresden University of Technology. The project is in line with German’s national program that aims to promote and develop the e-mobility structure in the country.