“Motion to allow BMW to tap into our street lights, all those in favor say aye . . . ”
Maybe you’ll hear that in your town hall someday. BMW wisely seeks to piggyback on existing infrastructure and has already started experimenting with streetlight chargers in Germany. In a few years, maybe you’ll be able to charge your EV via streetlight. Slowly. And for a fee, payable by mobile app.
“Seamless charging infrastructure is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future,” Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, told Reuters.
These chargers would not be proprietary. Many EVs could use them. TeslaMondo supports all efforts to broaden EV appeal, so heck yes, BMW, this all sounds great. But watch out for BMW backlash. Some municipalities in the US might not take kindly to them fancy car drivers trying to take over the town — or something like that. Whereas Tesla’s fresh brand image gets it a free pass anywhere, BMW’s image could use a little massaging. The company is associated with great driving machines but not-so-great characters behind the wheel. So perhaps these forthcoming municipal proposals would have a better chance of approval if they didn’t have any particular brand attached to them.