Nissan, BMW and EVgo Partner To Add 50 Dual-Port DC Fast Chargers In U.S.

4 months ago by Mark Kane 32

Nissan and BMW partner once again to expand DC Fast Charger access across the U.S. to benefit EV drivers

Nissan and BMW partner once again to expand DC Fast Charger access across the U.S. to benefit EV drivers

Nissan and BMW for some time now have collaboratively been supporting the expansion of the EVgo fast charging network in America, offering a period of free use for its new customers.

EVgo

EVgo

Now according to a press release, the fruit of that partnership is 174 EVgo-networked 50 kW chargers, installed across 33 states.

EVgo network has now about 670 dual-port DC Fast charging stations.

The latest chapter for 2017 is another 50 dual-port DC fast chargers (CHAdeMO and CCS Combo) which are suitable for all DC Fast charging-capable electric vehicles in the U.S. (with Tesla specifically using the CHAdeMO standard via an adapter).

“Each location offers a dual 50 kW DC Fast charging station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo (CCS) connectors, serving owners of both Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 electric cars, as well as all EV drivers in the U.S. whose vehicles – regardless of brand – are equipped with quick-charge ports. 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.”

BMW i3 at Combo DC fast charger

BMW i3 at Combo DC fast charger

Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure for BMW of North America said:

“BMW’s continuing collaborations with Nissan and EVgo, further demonstrate the company’s commitment to building a robust public charging infrastructure across the country. We are on the forefront of an industry-wide commitment to support the expansion of convenient and accessible electric vehicle charging options. The expansion of the plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure will give more U.S. drivers the confidence to choose an electric vehicle, such as the BMW i3, as longer distance EV travel becomes increasingly commonplace.”

JeSean Hopkins, senior manager, Nissan EV Infrastructure Strategy & Business Development said:

“Nissan continues as a leader in building accessible infrastructure to benefit Nissan LEAF drivers as well as all EV owners. Infrastructure for all is a key strategic priority for us as we continue expanding the network of dual-port quick chargers across the country. We look forward to ongoing teamwork and the continued build-out of public quick-charge stations.”

Rob Barrosa, Vice President, OEM Strategy and Business Development at EVgo said:

“EVgo is delighted to expand our partnership with BMW and Nissan, and to be able to bring more loyal i3 and LEAF owners around the country access to our convenient, premium DC Fast charging services. We are constantly looking at strategic ways to expand our network and promote EV adoption to help make every day EV use a reality for our OEM partners and their vehicle owners.”

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32 responses to "Nissan, BMW and EVgo Partner To Add 50 Dual-Port DC Fast Chargers In U.S."

  1. jelloslug says:

    Two chargers in a city does not make a network…

    1. Kdawg says:

      Well you need 2 chargers before you get to 3.

      1. ffbj says:

        Yeah: Rev: “It’s gotta crawl before it can walk, and it’s gotta walk before it can run, but to run it takes money.”
        Congregation: “Let it crawl Rev.”

        1. Stimpacker says:

          Wow you are such apologists for a lame 2-stall setup.

          Here in California, my sole 2-stall station is frequently both in use. Only ever did a trip once that forced a stop to charge. After that long wait, the family got really pissed off.

          Tesla should be building 2-stall stations too since you don’t mind. See how that fares. You lot can go temper the impatient horde waiting to charge.

  2. WARREN says:

    Yes, they really are starting to need at least 2 CCS chargers at some of these busier sites. Also need some chargers on the I5 Grapevine area (30 mile climb) and past Santa Barbara to the Bay Area.

  3. Texas FFE says:

    500 DCFC chargers would be news, 50 chargers is not. Most of these cities already have dual chargers and I don’t see much benefit in adding this hand full of chargers. In 2017 you would expect the auto manufacturers and service providers to be stepping up better than this.

    1. Tom Moloughney says:

      BMW & EVgo announced they were partnering to install 500 DCQC stations last year. That program is nearly halfway complete. This announcement is an additional 50.

      http://insideevs.com/bmw-evgo-will-add-500-dc-fast-chargers-in-25-major-u-s-markets-under-chargenow-dc-fast/

  4. CDAVIS says:

    “Nissan, BMW and EVgo Partner To Add 50 Dual-Port DC Fast Chargers In U.S.”
    —–

    Announcing an additional 50 only serves to highlight insufficient supercharger network for Nissan & BMW. Had they announced 500 then that would have sent out a signal that they plan to compete with the Tesla Supercharging network.

    https://www.tesla.com/supercharger

    1. CDAVIS says:

      Lol…I see @Texas FFE beat me to the punch…

    2. Tom Moloughney says:

      Well then, by those standards I guess they do intend to compete. BMW & EVgo already announced they were installing 600 DCQC stations last year. This announcement is just an additional 50:

      http://insideevs.com/bmw-evgo-will-add-500-dc-fast-chargers-in-25-major-u-s-markets-under-chargenow-dc-fast/

  5. Ziv says:

    Interesting. I thought the complaints were going to be about 50 kW charge rates being old hat. “We need to start with 100 kW charge rates this month and move up to 350 kW charging by early next year!”
    But it is about the number of chargers today.
    Personally, I think that enough baby steps will get us a long way down the road. Especially since there aren’t that many long range BEV’s on the road this year.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      You can charge nine times faster with a 50 kW DCFC charger than with an L2 charger. If you want to travel by EV away from the cities you still have to charge at RV parks at L2 speeds in most of the country. I’m a lot more interested in getting a decent DCFC network than having charging speeds they don’t even build cars for yet.

      1. Ziv says:

        I agree, though I have to admit that I really like the idea of new DCFC/CHAdeMo chargers getting up to/past 75 kW charge rates. 50 is really good but 75 is going to be great. Everything faster than 50 is like getting biscuits with your beer.
        Tesla and 100+ kW charge rates just blow my mind.
        In some ways I don’t mind the relative paucity of fast chargers so far. There aren’t many long range BEV’s in use, and if they wait to install them, there is a better chance that the new chargers will be faster than most of the chargers installed so far.

  6. Homebrew says:

    This past weekend, I drove my Bolt through Northern California and fast charged at four EVgo stations. The locations were appropriate and all sites worked perfectly. Nicely done EVgo!

    1. CaliBolt says:

      I bought my Bolt in Dublin CA on 01/23/17. It had only 61 miles of charge. I drove 1 mile, connected to a EVgo 50KW charger (only charged at 30KW), and after 2, 30 min sessions, I drove it the 120 miles home. I did have a nice dinner while it charged, so it worked for me!

      1. That location likely had a BTC charger that was limited to 100 A.

        BTC brand chargers have a large screen in the middle.

  7. hpver says:

    Only 50? That is a token effort for companies this large. I am not impressed.

    Also, even with 50, effectiveness will depend on where they are located. We need these along major regional and state travel corridors, not clumped together in megacities.

    1. WARREN says:

      Well, since GM is so huge compared to BMW, why not preach to them to participate??

  8. unlucky says:

    More is better. Thanks to the groups involved.

    But who actually did what? Looks like evGo did the work and BMW and Nissan just are getting so co-marketing.

    Hey evGo, remove the 30 minute cap for Bolts.

    1. Nadoor says:

      I have the bolt and there is no cap on the amount of time. I charged it for 52 minutes. If you are using one of the old charge cards from Nissan there is a 30 minute charge limit which was OK for the leaf but not the bolt.

      1. unlucky says:

        Interesting. You’re saying if you use a “No Charge to Charge” card it has a cap but not otherwise?

        If so, that seems reasonable to me.

      2. CaliBolt says:

        I have a Bolt and the EVgo 50KW CCS charger I used 2 days agao turned off after 30min, then I had to start another session, hummmm… my card is blue, is that 2nd class?

  9. Trollnonymous says:

    lol, 50?
    Better than nothing right?

    At least now Nissan and BMW can say they did a little somethingSomethin to support their products.

  10. Mark C says:

    Noting the dual DCFC are going into areas that already have a good size, existing EV population.

    Won’t help much on the spread of EVs elsewhere, but should benefit the areas that already have an enthusiastic EV population.

  11. Trollnonymous says:

    Anyone else notice how the graphic shows that there are 2 cars (LEAF & i3) both plugged in at the same time?

    Are they saying the stations can simultaneously charge?

    1. William says:

      I hope they aren’t suggesting simultaneous charging. Just a photo op, probably to show the different standard (CHAdeMo/ CCS-Combo) on a single installation.

      1. William says:

        Photo op of huuuuuuge Nissan Leaf and BMW i 3!

  12. BraveLilToaster says:

    Now, if they could actually work to create a *useful* network by filling in the gargantuan gaps between cities, they might almost be on to something.

    But I highly doubt they’d think to do that. Their strategy so far seems to be “let’s provide a high density of chargers in metro areas because these are city cars”. Bleh.

  13. Get Real says:

    Hopefully they will future proof these sites by at least running 100 plus amp wiring so they can be easily upgraded to higher current chargers later.

  14. GerardF says:

    Every charger added is great news, however Nissan, BMW, GM etc will have to take investments in fast DC chargers much more serious. This news item is about 50 chargers to be added. Today is January 26, and this month alone (!) Tesla already activated 14 Supercharger sites, way over 50 charging stalls. For me proof that the big car manufacturers are still not serious about EV’s. At least Nisssan and BMW are doing something, but specially GM is letting down their Bolt customers big time by not investing at all in a charging infrastructure to enable some intercity travel.

  15. jim stack says:

    EVGO has 2 DC Fast Chargers in Tucson that are ok for the LEAF NCTC program BUT not the BMW program so BMW drivers have to pay but not LEAF owners. BMW Has some issues communicating I guess. EVGO said that BMW didn’t want to sponsor those.

  16. Daytongarmin says:

    Compliance cars, compliance chargers.

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