BMW and Volkswagen announced a partnership with ChargePoint aimed toward installing and developing charging stations in heavily-traveled areas on the East and West coasts. The initial plan aims at 100 vehicle charging stations split between well-travelled thoroughfares.
Each DC charging station will feature two available 50-kW Fast chargers, capable of giving a BMW i3 or a Volkswagen e-Golf up to an 80 percent battery charge in just 20 minutes . In addition the stations will feature,24-kW DC Combo Fast chargers with the SAE Combo connector used on both BMW and VW electric vehicles, which will provide up to an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. FInally, the charging stations will include Level 2 chargers, providing 25 miles of range per hour. These Level 2 charging stations can provide a full charge to BMW i3 and VW e-Golf in 3.5 to 4 hours.
BMW and VW plan to install chargers along Interstate 95, between Boston and Washington, D.C. On the West Coast, chargers will be connecting metropolitan areas between Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. These new chargers will be strategically placed at a maximum of 50 miles apart. The partnered companies hope these new chargers will make travel in all-electric vehicles easier, and encourage buyers to make the switch to all-electric from conventional vehicles.
“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,” Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure at BMW of North America, said in a statement.
Launching a more widespread charging network will help the two German manufacturers continue their roll-out of electric and hybrid vehicles (read our preview story for details on the companies’ planned models). BMW already offers the full-electric i3 and the plug-in hybrid i8 sports car, while Volkswagen has the all-electric e-Golf, and the Panamera and Cayenne plug-in hybrid models from Porsche. However, as U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) restrictions become more restrictive, adding more electrified cars will help German automakers meet those new fuel-efficiency guidelines.