The Wall Street Journal
Joseph B. White
BMW AG BMW.XE -2.22% is launching two new attacks on one of the biggest obstacles to broader acceptance of electric cars such as its i3 model: the lack of fast recharging stations.
The company plans to announce today a deal with NRG Energy Inc. NRG +1.41% to allow owners of BMW i3 electric cars to recharge their batteries for free through 2015 at NRG eVgo charging stations in California. The free fast-recharging offer responds to rival Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA -0.15% ’s offer of free recharging for owners of the company’s Model S at Tesla-owned charging stations.
In a separate move, BMW is collaborating with German engineering and automotive-technology company Robert Bosch GmbH to offer a compact fast-charging station that will be sold to BMW dealers and other businesses for $6,548, or about a fifth the price of other fast-charging systems on the market, BMW officials said.
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