I drive a 2015 BMW i3 fully electric. I stopped at the new Coolangatta EV charging station that is part of the new Queensland Electric Super Highway operated by DTMR and Yurika:https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/projects/electricvehicles/super-highway
It seems previous posters are right in suggesting that CCS Type 2 is now the Australian standard, and thus I cannot use any of the new Queensland EV superhighway fast charging stations with my BMW i3 (unless I use my Type 2 Mennekes to Type 1 J1772 AC cable for a slow AC charge from the adjacent Schneider electric charge box). The CCS2 DC plug I’m trying to connect with is shown in this photo I took at the EV station Coolangatta, QLD:
I paid extra at the time I purchased my 2015 BMW i3 to have the DC fast charging option, but mine uses what’s called a CCS1 based on the J1772 plug. I contacted the BMW Australia Genius team, and received a quote from Brisbane BMW for a Type 1 to Type 2 retrofit conversion
on 27 April 2018:
- AU$ 3,131.00 for RETROFITTING OF TYPE 2 ELECTRIC CHARGE EQUIPMENT AND PROGRAMMING OF VEHICLE AS REQUIRED
- AU$ 2,090.00 for SUPPLY OF WALLBOX PLUS HOME CHARGING UNIT (DOES NOT INCLUDE INSTALLATION)
1. There were previous comments about BMW New Zealand offering this under warranty and/or for a small free of NZ$ 300 – can anyone confirm this is true?
2. I cannot find any official information from BMW Australia, and they have not responded directly, but just forwarded this to the Brisbane BMW dealership. Has anyone been able to receive official word from BMW Australia HQ?
3. I have been looking into buying a CCS2 to CCS1 DC adapter cable, so I can continue to use Type 1 and Type 2 AC and DC charging stations, but those adapteres are rare. The only one I found is US$1,800 from China on alibaba:
Product model: SET-S3-S4http://www.setec-power.com/china/ccs2-to-ccs1-adapter
A PlugShare user kindly told me that they bought this cable, and also had to pay customs / import tax on top. Further, there is an issue that the adapter may not be used when it rains.