BMW i3 at EVgo DC fast charging station

BMW i3 at EVgo DC fast charging station

BMW announced a  major charging infrastructure project (ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion) in the U.S. in partnership with EVgo.

By 2018 BMW and EVgo will install 500 additional DC fast chargers with J1772 Combo plugs and 50 kW of power (according to the EVgo press release).

Moreover, all the EVgo infrastrucutre will be available to new BMW i3 owners (who purchase or lease the BMW i3 on or after November 1, 2015 - fleet customers are not eligible) for 24 months at no-cost (30-minute DC fast charging and 1 hour Level 2 AC charging). BMW i8 wasn't mentioned.

The program is available in 25 major US markets (see list at the bottom).

By the end of this year, every one of those 25 markets will get at least one 50 kW DC Combo charger (excluding Portland), while by 2018 there should be 600 (100 already + 500 new).

The chargers are to be placed strategically "to facilitate longer distance EV travel".

Access to the infrastructure can be made through ChargeNow DC Fast.

Owners of other EVs with Combo inlets will benefit from the project as they can access the infrastructure through the EVgo network (payable).

"BMW of North America announces the ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion program in cooperation with EVgo. As part of its ongoing commitment to the growth of a robust public DC Fast charging infrastructure, BMW is supporting EVgo’s installation of an incremental 500 DC Fast Combo chargers, to benefit BMW i3 customers and all EV drivers in the US with DC Fast Combo charging capability. ChargeNow DC Fast also includes two years of no-cost charging for qualifying BMW i3 drivers in those areas.

Eligible BMW i3 customers* in ChargeNow DC Fast markets**, who purchase or lease the BMW i3 on or after November 1, 2015, from a BMW i Center can enroll in the program. Program participants can enjoy unlimited no cost 30-minute DC Fast Combo charging and no cost 1 hour Level 2 charging for their BMW i3, at EVgo Stations, for 24 months from date of enrollment at chargenow.com/us. Customers use the complimentary ChargeNow cards (included with the BMW i3 vehicle) to access the no-cost charging sessions.

With the growth of EV sales, there is increasing demand among drivers for more publicly available, strategically located DC Fast charging stations to facilitate longer distance EV travel. A BMW i3 vehicle can charge up to 80% in just 20-30 minutes using a DC Fast Combo charger—about the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack."

"ChargeNow DC Fast, originally introduced in July 2014, resulted in the successful installation of 100 EVgo Stations with DC Fast Combo charging, throughout California, while providing BMW i3 owners with no-cost access to the stations. With BMW’s continued support, EVgo plans to install 500 additional DC Fast Combo chargers by the end of 2018, with more than 600 charging stations in operation. By the end of 2015, EVgo expects to have nearly 50 of the additional chargers installed, with at least one such charger in each market (excluding Portland).

The first phase of ChargeNow DC Fast introduced one card, one account public charging network interoperability, as BMW i3 drivers in California to access DC Fast Combo charging sessions at EVgo Stations, using the ChargeNow card. The program expansion extends network interoperability even further as customers across the US use the ChargeNow card to access both DC Fast Combo and Level 2 charging sessions at EVgo Stations.

*Fleet customers are not eligible. Other terms and conditions apply, see chargenow.com/us.

**ChargeNow DC Fast markets include:"

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

“This significant expansion in the number as well as the locations of publicly available DC Fast Combo chargers further affirms BMW’s commitment to e-mobility and will make EV ownership even more enjoyable for BMW i3 drivers. With ChargeNow DC Fast, BMW i3 owners can experience ‘range confidence’ resulting from convenient, quicker DC Fast charging on the go, making longer EV trips more practical. The no cost charging sessions for BMW i3 drivers will become even more valuable over time, as more of these DC Fast Combo chargers become available.”

Arun Banskota, President and CEO of EVgo said:

“It is our mission to install the right charging solutions at the right places, and EV drivers have overwhelmingly told us they prefer DC Fast chargers at public spaces. Over the next 24 months EVgo will add reliable DC Fast Combo capability to what is already America’s largest DC Fast charging network. This will be the fastest and most cost effective build out of a new network ever – thanks in large part to our existing infrastructure and committed retail host partners.”

25 ChargeNow DC Fast markets:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Fresno, CA
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Monterey, CA
  • Nashville, TN
  • New York, NY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC