BMW and Nissan have partnered to expand the DC fast charger network across the US. The collaboration benefits all of us, but particularly those of us who are BMW i3 drivers and Nissan Leaf drivers and want better regional and long-distance travel options. We say hello to each other all the time at fast chargers (and politely wait when needed — but not for long), and I’m sure many of us would appreciate more places to do so.
The stations are good for all EV drivers in the US whose vehicles (no matter the brand) are equipped with quick-charge ports, and it will make electric cars with quick-charging capability more attractive and more useful.
- An additional 174 EVgo-networked 50kW DC Fast charging stations have been installed across 33 states to facilitate easier longer distance electric vehicle travel for Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 drivers, and all EV drivers.
- EVgo is the nation’s largest public DC Fast charging operator, currently offering nearly 670 DC Fast charging stations across the US.
- An additional 50 dual-port DC Fast chargers are planned for 2017, through this partnership.
- Each of these publicly available charging stations offers both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo (CCS) connectors, suitable for all DC Fast charging-capable electric vehicles in the US.
Here’s a map of all the EVgo fast-charging stations across the US:
Some people rely on fast charging for regular trips. For others, it’s just a nice bonus to add a little convenience. For me, there are just some days when another fast charger in the vicinity would save me a bit of time between destinations.
Here are more details from the joint press release:
Nissan and BMW, two of the top EV manufacturers, have again joined forces – this time with EVgo, the nation’s largest public DC Fast charging network – to increase public access to DC Fast charging stations across the US, with an additional 174 locations in 33 states now available to all EV owners in those markets, and over 50 more planned to be installed in 2017, supported by the partnership.
The breadth of EVgo’s expansive fast charging network now totals 668 dual-port DC Fast charging stations installed and available to all EV drivers across the United States, with access to new chargers continually growing. This expansion, designed to support Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide, builds on the 120 dual-port DC Fast chargers that Nissan and BMW announced together in December 2015.
These 50 kW stations can charge EVs from Nissan and BMW up to 80 percent in about 25-30 minutes, as compared to the longer time required to recharge at a Level 2 (240V) charger, currently the most commonly available public charging station.
Nissan LEAF owners can find these chargers using the Nissan LEAF EZ-Charge smartphone app. BMW i3 drivers can easily locate the charging stations with ConnectedDrive in the vehicle, using either the in-vehicle Navigation or the BMW ConnectedApp.
With the majority of these DC Fast chargers already installed and active, these EVgo charging stations are strategically located near shopping and dining establishments along convenient, well-traveled routes. The additional dual-port chargers being installed in 2017 as part of the expansion are also planned to be easily accessible to EV owners on the go.
With this partnership, upwards of 90 percent of BMW i3 and Nissan LEAF drivers can easily take advantage of DC Fast charging at an EVgo station nearby.