BMW i3 owners will be able to use their car batteries for home energy storage.
BMW is going to help you out in your residential energy storage as well. BMW has come up with a brilliant plan to save and use extra energy of the i3 batteries in homes and small offices too. The batteries when connected with a grid connected box, will be able to integrate perfectly with solar panels and charging stations. This is the reason that residents will be able to use the energy to power their houses as well.
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This kind of a solution is great news for BMW EV owners. With the help of this solution they can see the value of their cars when sold to somebody later on. Along with that this system will help them to make use of the older generation batteries too. According to BMW, after the newer batteries will be available in market for replacement, the older ones will be able to help one out in energy production.
"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 storage solution system devised by BMW will thus give an equal opportunity to new and old customers of BMW EVs. The i3 for instance uses batteries to store extra energy for the car. The energy will be able to use in the time of high demands of electricity. On average an i3 battery stores 22 to 33kWh. According to surveys, an average house in U.S. consumes 15-30kWh per day. Thus the battery will be able to provide enough power for at least two days when not used in the car.
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It will also help people in power crises and emergency use as well. BMW is currently testing old Mini E batteries in a solar grid system in California. The company has high hopes in integrating the batteries for everyday use at home.