BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

by , 08/21/14

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Inspired by the hyper-modern Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed architecture at BMW Welt, Point.One S’s sleek organic shape blends superior functionality and design into a symbol for environmentally friendly e-mobility. The wing-like canopy is topped by an array of solar panels and lined with a smart LED-based illumination system that alerts users at a distance whether the station is booked, occupied, or available for charging. The station features an integrated touch screen to increase the user-friendliness of its intuitive interface.

Related: BMW i3 Electric Vehicle Wins ‘World Green Car’ and ‘Design of the Year’ Awards at the 2014 New York Auto Show

EIGHT also developed a highly efficient manufacturing system for the Point.One S to keep construction waste and energy consumption to a minimum. Since the solar charging stations were developed in an effort to popularize e-mobility nationwide, EIGHT used parametric digital product planning to make the Point.One S design easily modified to fit a variety of environments. When the solar stations aren’t charging e-vehicles, surplus electricity generated by the solar array can feed back into the national power grid.


Images via EIGHT

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