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BMW EV Charging 101

At Bill Jacobs BMW, we’re committed to driving the future forward. As electric vehicles (EVs) revolutionize the automotive industry, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive lineup of BMW electric vehicles that combine cutting-edge technology with unparalleled performance. One crucial aspect of owning an electric vehicle is understanding the charging infrastructure available to you. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the three different types of EV chargers and the in-home charging options available with BMW, along with our partnership with Electrify America, empowering you to make informed choices and embrace sustainable driving. BMW Charging offers more than 100,000 convenient charging points and is one of the largest public charging networks in the United States.

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BMW Chargers Overview – Level 1, 2 & 3

Understanding the Three Types of EV Chargers: Level 1, 2, & 3

Level 1 Chargers: These chargers utilize a standard 120-volt household outlet, making them incredibly convenient for at-home charging. While they are the slowest option, they are ideal for overnight charging and are often included with the purchase of your BMW electric vehicle.

Level 2 Chargers: Offering faster charging times than Level 1 chargers, Level 2 chargers operate on a 240-volt system. They are commonly found in public charging stations, workplaces, and can be installed in your home for faster at-home charging.

Level 3 Chargers (DC Fast Chargers): Designed for rapid charging, Level 3 chargers deliver high-voltage DC power directly to your vehicle’s battery. These chargers are typically found at fast-charging stations along highways and major routes, providing quick charging for longer journeys.

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Flexible Home Charging Solutions.

Charge your BMW conveniently at home overnight with the Flexible Fast Charger or BMW Wallbox, ensuring you wake up to a fully charged vehicle every morning. Each all-electric BMW includes the portable Flexible Fast Charger, a versatile solution compatible with both 120V household outlets and 240V outlets (adapters included).

The BMW Wallbox, a Level 2 (240V) home charger option, enables you to charge your all-electric BMW at a rapid 9.6 kW speed, achieving 0-100% charge in as little as 12 hours—all from the convenience of your garage.

EV Home Installation with Qmerit

BMW has partnered with Qmerit to provide Level 2 charging installation for your home. Qmerit makes it easy to get a Level 2 charging station in your home – including a wallbox or a 240V outlet – with quick and convenient EV charger installation services. Begin by filling out Qmerit’s straightforward online home assessment, and we’ll pair you with a certified installer who will assess your project needs and offer a comprehensive proposal.

 

In-Home Charging Solutions with BMW

Experience the convenience of charging your BMW electric vehicle right from the comfort of your home. BMW offers a range of in-home charging solutions tailored to your needs, including:

  • BMW i Wallbox: A compact and efficient charging solution that can be installed in your garage or driveway, providing faster charging times compared to standard outlets.
  • BMW Flexible Fast Charger: This portable charger allows you to plug into various power sources, offering flexibility and convenience whether you’re at home or on the go.

BMW and Electrify America Partnership

As part of our commitment to expanding access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, BMW has partnered with Electrify America, a leading provider of EV charging stations across the United States. Through this collaboration, BMW drivers gain access to an extensive network of fast-charging stations strategically located along major travel routes, ensuring seamless journeys for all BMW electric vehicle owners. With Electrify America’s convenient, reliable, and growing network of over 3,000 DC-fast chargers from coast-to-coast and along major highways and routes, you can enjoy road trips in your BMW i with full peace of mind. Every electric BMW sold after 2022 comes with complimentary charging for two years at any Electrify America station. Ask your BMW Client Advisor for program specifics based on your own model.

BMW & Electrify America

My BMW App & Charing

You can use your My BMW App to plan your route, with the most efficient route that will take you to your final destination, with chargers along the way. You can also use your My BMW App to check your vehicle status and range. Ask your BMW Client Advisor or BMW Genius to help set up the My BMW App or to connect it to your Electrify America. A common question we often get is: “How can I enroll in Electrify America?”

You can register in four simple steps:

STEP 01

Download and/or open the My BMW App. Add your new electric BMW (or access your current vehicle) within the App.

STEP 02

On the vehicle status page, scroll to the “Electromobility” section, then click on “View all on Electromobility.” Once in the Electromobility menu, scroll down to “Services” and click on “Electrify America.”
STEP 03
Get a charging contract and confirm EA’s access to your My BMW App data. Then select “Redeem a new Premium Offer” and create an Electrify America account (or choose “Transfer an existing Premium Offer” if you already have an account).

STEP 04

Confirm the applicable Premium Offer and enter the enrollment code provided by your BMW Center and BMW Welcome Email. Enter your credit card details, and you’re all set.

More Charging Stations Than Ever Before.

Now arriving in 2024 – a joint-venture public charging network that will provide the blueprint for the future of electric driving. The BMW Group is partnering with six other major global automakers to create a vast charging network across North America that will dramatically expand access to high-powered charging for all EV drivers. With a goal of at least 30,000 high-powered charge points in both urban and highway locations, customers will be able to rely on fast-charging capabilities, digital integration, and thoughtful driver and passenger station amenities whenever and wherever they need.

Experience Electric Luxury with Bill Jacobs BMW.

Join us in embracing the future of mobility with BMW’s exceptional lineup of electric vehicles and advanced charging solutions. Whether you are looking to buy the iX, i4, i7, or the newest i5, you are in good hands with our dealership. Our team of BMW experts are here to help you understand all of the charging options you have available to you. Visit Bill Jacobs BMW today to explore our range of electric vehicles, learn more about charging options, and embark on a journey towards sustainable driving. Let’s drive towards a greener tomorrow, together. Stop by our BMW dealership, complete with a charging display, located at 2495 Aurora Ave in Naperville, IL to learn more about EV charging today.

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