BMW Wants Streetlights To Power Electric Cars
BMW wants to make electric car charging more accessible by utilizing streetlights, though range is still an issue for the vehicles.By A.J. Feather | November 11, 2014
Though electric cars are rare, they have become much more available with the introduction of models from Ford, Chevy, BMW and — of course — Tesla. But there is still one major issue — range.
Even high-end electric cars, such as the Tesla Model S, only have a range of about 265 miles. That's enough to get around town for a while without charging, but it makes leaving home for too long or going too far problematic.
BMW wants to solve that problem by making charging stations as common as streetlights. It's called "Light & Charge," and it combines the functionality street lights with electronic vehicle charging stations, using one or two LEDs to provide streetlight and a standardized connector for charging.