BMW and VW partner with ChargePoint to create EV corridors on east and west coasts


BMW and VW will partner with ChargePoint to create EV fast charge corridors on east and west coasts. The companies announced the plans at the Washington Auto Show. The collaboration will install nearly 100 DC Fast chargers across both coasts, creating coastal charge corridors from San Diego to Portland and Washington to Boston.

 “A robust network of conveniently located DC Fast charging stations will go a long way toward increasing electric vehicle adoption and making electric vehicle ownership even more enjoyable,” said Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure at BMW of North America. “The express charging corridors are another important step in the development of the U.S. e-mobility infrastructure that makes longer distance travel a real option for consumers, particularly along the most heavily trafficked portions of both coasts.”

“Volkswagen believes in a holistic approach to e-mobility in order to create a seamless experience for the consumer,” said Jörg Sommer, vice president, product marketing and strategy, Volkswagen of America. “The investment in the express charging corridor will provide e-Golf and other electric vehicle owners with the added support to travel their day-to-day and popular long distance routes.”

The charge stations are expected to include one or two 50 kW DC Fast chargers, or 24 kW DC Combo Fast chargers. The SAE Combo connector is used in BMW and Volkswagen EVs and the Chevy Spark EV. When charging at a 50 kW station the EVs can charge up to 80 percent in 20 minutes. EVs with SAE Combo can charge up to 80 percent in 30 minutes using the 24 kW station. The charge stations will also have Level 2 chargers which are compatible with all electric vehicles. Level 2 stations provide about 25 miles of range per hour of charge. 

The charging stations will be part of the ChargePoint network and can be accessed with a ChargePoint or BMW ChargeNow card or using the ChargePoint mobile app.

“With strategically-placed stations where drivers need them, these express charging corridors will give EV drivers the freedom to go farther and have an EV as their only car without limitation.”  said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. 

The installation of the first location has begun in San Diego County. The 100 DC Fast chargers are expected to be available to EV drivers by the end of 2015. 

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