BMW, VW & ChargePoint Complete West/East Coast Express Charging Corridors
BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint have announced the completion of charging infrastructure project launched more than 1.5-year ago.
The idea was to install DC fast chargers (CCS Combo) along the East and West Coasts corridors (perfect for the new 238 mile Chevy Bolt EV…or a plug-in BMW or VW too we suppose), and then make them publicly available for all EVs through the ChargePoint network.
In total, 95 DC chargers (24 or 50 kW) were installed (some of them are additionally equipped with CHAdeMO plugs).
The Express Charging Corridors Initiative covers about 1,160 miles on the west, and 450 miles on the east side. Chargers are installed about every 50 miles, within half mile from major route.
“Drivers can access the DC Fast chargers along the most heavily populated and highly-trafficked regions primarily along Interstate 95 on the East Coast, enabling EV travel from Boston, through the New York City and Philadelphia areas to Washington, D.C., and along Interstate 5 and Highway 101 on the West Coast, connecting metropolitan areas from Portland, Ore., through the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles to San Diego. Branches from the main Corridors extend to popular destinations such as Cape Cod, the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore, Lake Tahoe, Napa, and Sonoma.
The chargers are strategically positioned both within and between relevant metropolitan areas, spaced approximately 50 miles apart, in convenient locations with access to restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and more. These DC Fast charging stations, connecting cities along the corridors, have been installed within a few miles of major highways, prioritizing both safety and convenience.
The corridors are designed to make longer distance EV travel easier, with faster charging time than standard Level 2 public charging. Drivers can locate stations through the ChargePoint mobile app or website; in BMW i3 vehicles via BMW ConnectedDrive, either in-vehicle or via the app; or in Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles by accessing the Volkswagen CarNet® app via smartphone or smartwatch or in-vehicle.”
“Each charging location along the Express Charging Corridors offers either 50kW or 24kW DC Fast charging with the SAE Combo connectors used in the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric vehicles (and in many other EVs with DC Fast charging capability). Many locations also offer CHAdeMO connectors, for vehicles equipped with these ports. All stations are publicly available and can be easily accessed with the ChargePoint mobile app or a ChargePoint card, or for BMW drivers, a ChargeNow card.”
Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure for BMW of North America said:
“BMW’s vision for an innovative, more convenient future of electric mobility encompasses the continued rollout of a robust public infrastructure throughout the U.S. to benefit our customers and all EV drivers. The partnership with VW and ChargePoint demonstrates the efficiencies of industry cooperation for building robust public DC Fast charging while encouraging consumer interest in electric vehicles such as the BMW i3.”
Dr. Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America said:
“Volkswagen’s investment in this expansive public EV charging project sets the blueprint for future EV charging infrastructure in the United States. These charging corridors will add greater flexibility and convenience for current e-Golf and other EV drivers, and reduces one more barrier to increased EV ownership.”
Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint said:
“At ChargePoint, we make driving electric an easy choice for anyone. The Express Charging Corridors extend the power of the existing ChargePoint network to simplify long-distance travel for EV drivers and enable more people to make an EV their primary vehicle.”