Published on April 21st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan0
Nissan & EVgo Plan I-95 Fast Charging … & Superfast Charging?
April 21st, 2017 by Zachary Shahan
The world’s leading electric car seller and USA’s leading fast-charging network have partnered to build an “I-95 Fast-Charge ARC” that goes from Boston to Washington, DC. In other words, the I-95 corridor in that region will get a lot more fast chargers very soon.
With approximately 500 miles between Baltimore and DC, if someone wanted to take the trip in a next-gen Nissan LEAF or Chevy Bolt, they could do so with probably just a couple of stops to fast charge.
In total, 9 fast-charging sites will be developed, which will total 50 chargers with two plugs on each of them. Up to 4 electric cars will be able to charge at a time at a station, with a charging rate of 50 kW. The stations will also be located close to I-95 for easy stopping on long-distance trips.
The stations are also prepped for the future, with much faster charging in mind, and perhaps planned once the 2018 Nissan LEAF is out? “The charging sites themselves have been designed with future advances in EV technologies in mind, and have been pre-wired for a high-power charging power output of up to 150kW with simple upgrades once such technology is available to consumers,” a press release sent to CleanTechnica stated.
“Each station will feature both CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charging outlets as a part of Nissan’s inclusive ‘Infrastructure for All‘ initiative.”
Nissan and EVgo unveiled this plan during the opening ceremony of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, and the route is expected to be completed in the fall.
“This element of the EV equation is seemingly overlooked by others, but we’re all-in,” JeSean Hopkins, senior manager, EV infrastructure strategy & business development, Nissan North America. “Following a similar project in California, this is our second ‘corridor’ project in the US and completion is expected in time for the launch of the all-new Nissan LEAF.”
It’s hard to agree that Nissan is “all-in,” since it still doesn’t offer superfast charging, a requirement for many drivers, but it is certainly moving forward, and mention of 150 kW charging is a good sign. Additionally, for better or worse, Nissan did push through a large portion of the public EV charging stations in North America.
“As the global leader in EV sales, Nissan has played a leading role in growing the number of DC fast-charging stations in the US, to more than CHAdeMO 2,100 connections to date. As a part of the ‘Infrastructure for All’ initiative, Nissan also played a key role in the 1,200-plus CCS DC fast-charge connections, and more than 38,000 Level 2 chargers installed across the country.”
EVgo, meanwhile, is the largest provider of non-Tesla EV fast chargers across the country, with over 900 EV fast-charging stations in more than 600 locations.