A collaboration between Volkswagen of America, BMW of North America, and ChargePoint aims to add 100 DC fast chargers plus supplemental level 2 chargers along heavily trafficked routes on the east and west coasts.
“There is a target of nearly 100 DC fast charging spots in the first phase, available by the end of 2015,” said VW in a statement. “DC Fast chargers along the express charging corridors are expected to be installed in convenient locations such restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and more.”
On the west coast, these installations have already begun with the first being in San Diego County.
Other regions in the west include roués covering and connecting the metropolitan areas of Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. On the east coast, target areas include regions on Interstate 95 from Boston to Washington, D.C.,
Plans are to strategically space them at most of 50 miles apart.
“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—making the BMW i3 and other electric vehicles even more appealing.”
There are now more than 280,000 plug-in vehicles in the U.S. Both BMW and Volkswagen are working to increase their own brands’ numbers.
“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 charging stations will be added to the existing ChargePoint network of more than 20,000 stations, and can be accessed with a ChargePoint or ChargeNow card.
“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.”