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Cars August, 20 2014

EIGHT Unveils First Ever Solar Charging Point for BMW i3 & i8

No one ever said you can’t save the world and look great at the same time. Or, if they did, they were wrong. BMW have already proved it’s possible to produce a practical, zero-emissions car that people actually want to drive when they launched the i3 earlier this year. Then came the i8 hybrid sports car, and we saw just how exciting an electric vehicle could be. Now, German eco-firm EIGHT have matched both those vehicles with a charging station that’s just as easy on the eye – and on the environment.

Point.One S, as it is called, has been installed at BMW Welt in Munich as a showcase for what might be possible in the future. This hyper-modern canopy is gently curved in the style of a bird’s wing, and features an array of solar panels on its roof that not only charge the car, but will feed power back into the national grid when there’s no vehicle present. While we’re obviously a long way off from seeing this kind of structure built on regular street corners around the world, it’s yet another example of how great aesthetic styling can work hand-in-hand with progressive, eco-friendly technology for a better – and better looking – future.

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