BMW and Volkswagen to jointly setup EV Fast Charging Network
Automakers BMW and Volkswagen have partnered to setup fast-charging network for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. During the initial phase, the companies will setup 100 ChargePoint stations in the East and West Coast.
Volkswagen wants to promote its e-Golf while BMW aims to provide boost to the sales of i3. Both the companies have signed a pact with Chargepoint to setup the first 100 stations by the end of current year.
The charging network will be available for all the electric vehicles and not just those from BMW and VW. ChargePoint runs more than 20,000 electric vehicle fast charging locations across North America.
Most of the stations planned by BMW and VW during the first phase will be located along Interstate 95 from Boston to Washington, D.C. The stations will also be setup in Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco.
Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure at BMW of North America, said, "A robust network of conveniently located [direct current] Fast charging stations will go a long way toward increasing electric vehicle adoption and making electric vehicle ownership even more enjoyable."
Each station will provide two 50kW direct current fast chargers or 25kW DC combo fast chargers. The 50kW charges can charge e-Golf or BMW i3 within 20 minutes (for 80 percent charge).
Market experts are expecting lower sales for most of the electric and hybrid vehicles as the gas prices have come down in the last six months. Unless the automobile companies develop some technology which could reduce the prices of electric vehicles, the sales are expected to remain in the same range.
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