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German PV module manufacturer SOLARWATT and BMW i, part of the BMW Group, have formed a partnership to supply rooftop and carport photovoltaic solutions for owners of BMW i electric cars.

The SOLARWATT CARPORT SYSTEM will provide BMW i3 and BMW i8 owners with a solar-based electric vehicle charger based on a domestic microgeneration system using glass modules.

The customers can obtain SOLARWATT products simultaneously when they purchase a BMW i vehicle or by placing their order online.

Marcus Krieg, head of BMW i’s 360° ELECTRIC project, said: “This is the next step in the BMW i 360-degree package for customer-friendly electric mobility. With SOLARWATT, we are delighted to be working with a premium partner for customised solar solutions who will cater to our customers’ high standards of quality and style.”

Under the 360° ELECTRIC programme, BMW i has formed a partnerships with Naturstrom Schneider Electric and The Mobility House to deploy solutions for all aspects of electric mobility.

The BMW i3 is said to be the first electric vehicle designed for electric mobility from the beginning. The vehicle is expected to be on the market for late 2013.

SOLARWATT CEO Detlef Neuhaus said: “Cooperating with the leading carmaker and visionary supplier of electric vehicles and EV-related mobility services shows that our new systems offer practical solutions which will play an important role in future energy supply.”