A new partnership between BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint could see as many as 100 DC fast chargers installed on high-traffic routes along the east and west coasts of the United States. The chargers will give electric cars the ability to drive longer distances, allowing drivers of the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf the ability to recharge their vehicles up to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes.
The express charging corridors will give electric vehicle drivers access to DC Fast chargers along the most heavily populated and highly-trafficked regions on Interstate 95 on the east coast, from Boston to Washington, D.C., and on the west coast covering and connecting the metropolitan areas of Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The plan mirrors Tesla’s Supercharger network, but the new stations will give charging access to all electric vehicles.
“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.”
Construction of the first station has already begun on the west coast, with the first location in San Diego County. There is a target of nearly 100 DC Fast charging spots in the first phase, available by the end of 2015. DC Fast chargers along the express charging corridors are expected to be installed in convenient locations such restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and more.