BMW plans charging app for China

BMW plans charging app for China

BMW plans to bundle around 360,000 charging stations from various partners in China via a mobile app by the end of the year, making charging easier for customers. The automaker also wants to make its supply chain in China more climate-friendly.

China boss Jochen Goller made the announcement at the carmaker's top sustainability meeting in Beijing. The charging app will allow users to find stations and pay for charging power, but details of this are not clear from reports of the appearance.

The reasoning behind this is clear: BMW wants to increase sales of electric cars in China. By 2023, BMW and Mini's China lineup should include 12 battery-electric models "in all segments." E-cars should then account for about a quarter of total sales in China. "We're pretty optimistic about battery-powered cars," Goller said.

BMW also wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2030 compared to 2019, he said, together with Chinese suppliers across the entire supply chain. "A lot of people think that the biggest source of emissions is the car, but looking at the whole cycle, the supply chain leaves the biggest carbon footprint," Goller said. "We have to look at the whole value chain."