With the BMW i3 joining the ranks of our new and used cars in the near future, it's no wonder why we've been so focused on all things EV here at BMW of Southampton. Then again, we're not the only ones. After all, it's not every day that our favorite automaker holds an EV hackathon.

For those unfamiliar, a hackathon is an event where software developers and computer programmers gather in one place and try to work out all the bugs and kinks within a given computer program or infrastructure. Well in an effort to tackle a common problem among all EVs on the market, BMW brought in 80 developers and programmers to work their magic at the Sustainability Hackathon.

The problem in question revolves around EVs that continue to occupy a public charging station long after the vehicle has been fully charged. To put it in laymen's terms, it's like being at the laundromat and not being able to use the one available washer because the person before you hasn't shown up to move their wet clothes into the dryer. In short, it's infuriating and inconvenient.

The solution they came up with was to develop an app that would anonymously contact the driver of the charge-hog and request permission to use the charging station for a short period of time. After you have a sufficient charge, you reconnect the charge-hog to its station and go about your merry way. All in all, 15 different apps were created at the event where $3,000 worth of award money was given to the most creative and practical solutions.

So if you'd like to learn more about the cutting-edge technologies that are outfitted in our lineup, feel free to visit the experts in our car parts department here in Southampton, NY. It's the future today, folks.

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