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Volkswagen, BMW, ChargePoint to Add More EV Stations Along Coasts

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/24/2015 Jason Udy
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Volkswagen and BMW are teaming up with ChargePoint to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations along major corridors along the East and West Coasts, the companies announced. ChargePoint is the largest electric vehicle charging network in the country. The companies say the initiative will support the growing demand for convenient public EV charging stations in the U.S.

Nearly 100 DC fast chargers are planned for both coasts during the initial phase, with more stations planned across the country later. DC fast charging stations are planned along I-95 from Boston to Washington D.C. on the East Coast and from Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego on the West Coast. Additional charging stations will be located within major metro areas. The chargers will be installed no more than 50 miles apart. Currently, there are more than 20,000 ChargePoint charging stations in North America.

Volkswagen, BMW, ChargePoint to Add More EV Stations Along Coasts

“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, in a release. “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.”

“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, in a release.

More convenient charging stations will make the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf as well as other EVs more appealing to consumers for both commuting and long-distance travel, according to the automakers. The new charging stations will feature up to two 50-kW DC fast chargers or 24-kW DC Combo Fast Chargers with the SAE Combo connector. The 50-kW stations are said to be able to charge the i3 and e-Golf to 80 percent in 20 minutes, while the 24-kW stations can charge the EVs to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Each station will also feature the more common Level 2 chargers that can fully charge the i3 and e-Golf in 3.5-4 hours.

“Our goal at ChargePoint is to get everyone behind the wheel of an EV and provide EV charging everywhere they go,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. “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.”

EV drivers can pay with ChargePoint or ChargeNow cards or with the ChargePoint mobile app at the new DC Fast charging stations. The DC Fast chargers will be installed near restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and other convenient locations. Nearly 100 new DC Fast chargers are planned to be installed by the end of 2015 with the first location in San Diego County already built.

Source: Volkswagen,BMW

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