Johannesburg - We all know the chicken-and-egg conundrum facing all battery-car makers: you can't sell high-powered electric cars unless the charging infrastructure is in place and you can't get anybody to provide infrastructure until the cars are there to use it.
So this week BMW South Africa has announced a partnership with Schneider Electric to make both happen at the same time. The agreement includes checking the electrical installation in customers' homes, and supplying, installing and maintaining their wallbox charging point, as well as maintenance and other services for BMW i cars.
That'll allow BMW i3 or BMW i8 owners to hook up their car and recharge safely while they're at home or in the office; the objective is that dedicated, user-friendly and efficient charging facilities should be available for installation in home garages and office parking by the time the i3 is launched locally - which is planned for early in 2015.
BMW South Africa marketing director Antonio Antela Martinez said BMW was adopting an all-round approach to electric mobility, offering more than just a battery-powered car.