“The remarkable advantage for BMW customers in using BMW i3 batteries as a plug and play storage application is the ability to tap into an alternative resource for residential and commercial backup power, thus using renewable energy much more efficiently, and enabling additional revenues from the energy market,” said Cliff Fietzek, manager Connected eMobility at BMW of North America.
The new system – with its 22 kWh or 33 kWh capacity – also allows for solar panel charging. BMW said the new battery storage system can also be used to power appliances and other devices for up to 24 hours. The product also comes with a voltage converter and electronics to manage energy flow between the system and renewable sources, house interface and the BMW i3 high-voltage battery.
“With a battery storage system electrified by BMW i our customers can take the next step towards a sustainable energy lifestyle. Coupled with the home charging and solar energy programs, the system enables BMW drivers to embrace holistic sustainability beyond e-mobility,” said Rob Healey, manager of EV Infrastructure for BMW North America.
Here is a review of the 2016 BMW i3 from AutoGuide.com: