Nissan, EVgo To Build ‘I-95 Fast-Charge ARC’ Between Boston, Washington D.C.

6 months ago by Mark Kane 35

Nissan partners with EVgo to build ‘I-95 Fast-Charge ARC’ connecting Boston and Washington D.C. with electric-vehicle infrastructure

Finally, these are the kinds of charging infrastructure projects that the US needs to see more of!

Nissan has announced a deep charging infrastructure project with EVgo to build what it calls the “I-95 Fast-Charge ARC”, connecting Boston and Washington D.C. with nine charging locations, each equipped with multiple 50 kW fast chargers.

More Northeast charge stations coming for Nissan LEAF and other EVs

It will be one of the rare inter-city projects with double-head chargers (CHAdeMO and CCS Combo) and at least four fast charging stands at each station.

Initially, 50 kW units are to be installed (by fall 2017), but the infrastructure will be pre-wired and future-proofed for 150 kW chargers down the road as new, longer-range EVs arrive that can accept that level of charge.

  • Later this year, electric-vehicle owners in the Northeast will be able to make the 500-mile journey between Boston and Washington D.C. more conveniently thanks to a series of DC fast-charge stations along the “I-95 Fast-Charge ARC”
  • Nine EVgo DC fast-charge sites, with 50 total chargers equipped with two fast-charge plugs each, are set to provide the necessary charging infrastructure to connect the two cities and everything between
  • Most of the charging stations are located conveniently off I-95 for easy on/off access and will be among the nation’s largest public charging stations to assure availability and speed of service

Currently there are more than 2,100 CHAdeMO fast chargers installed in the U.S. according to Nissan and more than 1,200 J1772 Combo (aka CCS). Meanwhile the public AC Level 2 counter has crossed 38,000.

Nissan partners with EVgo to build ‘I-95 Fast-Charge ARC’ connecting Boston and Washington D.C. with electric-vehicle infrastructure

More Northeast charge stations coming for Nissan LEAF and other EVs

JeSean Hopkins, senior manager, EV infrastructure strategy & business development, Nissan North America, Inc. said:

“Regardless of range capability, a convenient fast-charge infrastructure along high-traffic routes is imperative in the mass-adoption of electric vehicles. This element of the EV equation is seemingly overlooked by others, but we’re all-in. Following a similar project in California, this is our second ‘corridor’ project in the U.S. and completion is expected in time for the launch of the all-new Nissan LEAF.”

Rob Barrosa, vice president, OEM strategy & business development at EVgo said:

“This charging corridor will provide the best public charging experience available in the U.S. to drivers in one of the most densely populated and highly trafficked routes in the country, affirming Nissan’s commitment to EV drivers. The sites are also designed to accommodate 150kW high-power charging, paving the way for charging the next generation of EVs on the East Coast.”

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35 responses to "Nissan, EVgo To Build ‘I-95 Fast-Charge ARC’ Between Boston, Washington D.C."

  1. bro1999 says:

    Woo, this will make my MD-CT trips much easier soon

    1. SparkEV says:

      If Nissan will still give no charge to charge in that area and they have significant Leaf 2 sales in fall, all these will be clogged with local Leaf drivers. Since Leaf 2 will have bigger battery, they Nassin might up the time to 1 hour or more free.

      Free charging SUCKS!

      1. bro1999 says:

        How does Nissan verify if a Leaf owner is actually using the no charge to charge card? Could a Leaf owner sell it on Ebay or something to an owner of another EV, like a Bolt?

        1. William says:

          No, eVgo can verify your vehicle when you sign up, also you can only use it for the car that it was assigned to, and Nissan can cancel the “No Charge To Charge” contract at any time for any reason whatsoever.

          1. bro1999 says:

            Really? EVgo stations can verify the VIN of a vehicle? I didn’t know that. I could see being able to verify if the CHAdeMo plug or CCS plug is being used, but not down to the individual vehicle’s VIN.

            So a Leaf owner couldn’t even sell their card to another Leaf owner who doesn’t have one?

        2. SparkEV says:

          LOL. Leave it to bro1999 to come up with a clever scheme. 🙂

          There was a guy who was using his newer Leaf NCTC card to free charge is his older Leaf that did not have NCTC. So in theory, one could potentially use NCTC card to charge non-Nassin EV. I don’t know how much they’d go for in ebay, or how you prevent fraud (ie, only few months left on card), or if Nissan/eVgo would cancel the card if found out that it’s not for Nissan.

          Bolt charges very differently than Leaf, so it would be pretty easy to determine that the charge session wasn’t for Leaf. I suppose you could fake a Leaf by only charging when low state of charge, and only for about 10 minutes to not get into Leaf charge taper region. Not worth the effort IMO.

          1. bro1999 says:

            So, any Leaf owner want to “donate” their NC2C card (I can pay a donation “fee”) to a “Leaf” owner in Maryland that doesn’t have one? 😉

      2. Nick says:

        Free charging is awesome!

        We have it in the PNW and it makes the LEAF much more useful. We have enough chargers here so they are not clogged with local drivers.

        Thanks!

        1. Brandon says:

          Free may work for a time, and has for may EVgo locations around the country, but in California there has been issues.

  2. MTN Ranger says:

    I’m just a bit such of that loop. Next step should be DC to Miami. Prewiring for 150 kW is smart. 300 kW would be even better for when that becomes a reality in the next few years.

    1. Brandon says:

      Somebody will go south of D.C. on I-95 in the next couple years. If not Electrify America, then likely EVgo.

  3. Brian says:

    “Regardless of range capability, a convenient fast-charge infrastructure along high-traffic routes is imperative in the mass-adoption of electric vehicles. This element of the EV equation is seemingly overlooked by others, but we’re all-in.”

    Tell me that isn’t a direct shot at GM. Ouch, Nissan. Them’s fightin’ words!

    1. Taser54 says:

      You can already drive from DC to Boston on CCS

  4. Brandon says:

    With EVgo’s rate of $4.95 plus $0.20 per minute, I figured out what the kWh cost is.

    It comes to $0.50 to $0.60 a kWh
    for a 30 and 20 minute charge respectively for a bigger battery EV that can take power at around 44 kW, (like the Bolt EV) and $0.84 to $0.90 for a shorter range EV charging at around 26 kW.

    With 150 kW charging coming in the next couple years, I expect the rate per kWh to be $0.40-$0.50, and eventually settle right around the equivalent price of $3.00 a gallon gas, which is around $0.30 per kWh.

    1. SparkEV says:

      If you use DCFC more than 2 times a month, it’s cheaper to use their OTG plan, which is $15/mo + $0.10/min and no connect fee. Depending on how much you use, it works out to $0.63/kWh (two 20 minute sessions per month) to $0.23/kWh (ten 20 minute sessions per month) when you include $15/mo membership fee.

      That’s assuming 45 kW on average, which is true with SparkEV, and probably most other EV other than 24 kWh Leaf.

      1. Brandon says:

        Thanks! Very useful info SparkEV!!

        That’s great that for a heavy user the rate is less.

        1. SparkEV says:

          You’re welcome. I did an experiment some time ago of only using DCFC for lease miles (about 800 miles per month). It came to about $40/mo and 175 kWh, or $0.23/kWh. If you drive like a maniac and must use more DCFC, that could get cheaper per kWh.

  5. pjwood1 says:

    50KW will be “tolerated” by some current EV owners. It makes the impossible possible, but without education getting newbies to balance what will remain a headache, with no more trips to gas stations (both a hassle and $ plus), adoption will continue to be a climb. Even 150KW with a taper (to be realistic) is why Tesla often sites their chargers near malls.

    1. Ziv says:

      I hear you pj, 50 is kind of falling a step short of what is needed. But I really think that a small step up to 75 kW chargers is all that is needed to reach a tipping point where a majority of drivers will start to think that they are able to charge fast enough so that they don’t need to have much more than a sandwich joint nearby. If you can get 37 kWh in 30 minutes, you will be able to add nearly 140 miles of AER, or 2 more hours of driving, repeat as needed.

      Being able to do it twice as fast (150 kW charging) would be great, but it wouldn’t be necessary for most drivers. Plus, if you only charge for 30 minutes you are less likely to encounter a significant amount of charge tapering.

      Obviously, all other things being equal, 150 kW charging is a lot nicer than 75, (and a huge step up from 50 kW charging) but the added expense of installation of chargers rated that high is a problem and the waste heat dissipation would be another problem that would need to be addressed.

      The other thing we need to remind newbies about is that the vast majority of your charging will be just 4 seconds long. 4 seconds in the morning as you unplug and 4 seconds in the evening as you plug in. Now THAT is fast charging! LOL!

      1. Brandon says:

        Haha…!! Good one! Yup, definitely fast and convenient, and 95-98% of charging is that way!!

  6. BenG says:

    Very happy to see this. 50 KW is too weak, but far better than nothing. 4 chargers/site minimum is a decent first step.

    These are weak sauce compared to Tesla SuperCharger stations, but a big upgrade over what’s out there now.

  7. Lou says:

    You know, in spite of less than ideal charge speeds, this network will be a big help to a lot of East Coast drivers. Many of us live within 100 miles of Philly, NY City, Baltimore, and 200 miles from either extreme end of the corridor. We are used to travelling I-95, so if these units do get installed as promised, I suspect that the so called range anxiety will be non existent. The project is just the first step, but even a less than ideal 50KW station is far better than none at all. 200+mile EV’s and a modest charging network will absolutely help, a lot.

    1. Brandon says:

      Right on Lou! They will be very helpful, and the main reason for this is because there are multiple chargers per location, making they stellarly reliable.

      Now we need this on the PA Turnpike, right Lou??!!

      1. Lou says:

        Absolutely, and on the NE Extension of the Turnpike. Then we can get them on I-80.

  8. Brandon says:

    This is the type of DCFC infrastructure I can get excited about seeing!!

    4 50 kW fast chargers per location is great, especially that they’ll be operational by the end of the year.

    It’s also good that they… “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.”

    But my observation is that this 150 kW charging (the cars take take it and the actual fast chargers on the market) will be available by next Spring. So why install these 50 kW chargers? It’s sounds suspiciously like it’s possible to upgrade them to 150 kW.

  9. hpver says:

    This is good infrastructure. We need this to happen times about 50 and we might have a usable nationwide network.

    Unfathomably, there are large stretches of the heavily traveled Interstate 5 in California (a high EV use state) that still have no CCS and ChaDeMo fast charging. Wish Nissan and EvGo would fill those in.

    1. Brandon says:

      By the end of next year Electrify America will have done just that on I-5, and it’s not going to be 50 kW but 150 and 320 kW, with multiple stalls per location.

      1. hpver says:

        You have a link for that? I’ve been driving EVs since 2013 and heard a lot of promises that came to nothing, so these days I believe something only when I see it.

        1. Brandon says:

          Yes. Last month it was announced.

          http://www.hybridcars.com/vw-reveals-tesla-like-ev-charging-plans/

          About 25 of the new highway charging locations would be built along the I-5 and US-101 highways which independently run between the Oregon border and the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Smaller numbers of stations would be added to intersecting highways throughout the state consistent with a broader plan to build a nationwide network.

  10. Ocean Railroader says:

    Are the DC fast chargers popping up like crazy in the City of Baltimore related to this?

    I notice that New Jersey is kind of a EV charger ghost town.

    1. Taser54 says:

      No. MD used settlement money from a lawsuit to fund dcfc infrastructure. That is what you see around Baltimore metro

  11. Texas FFE says:

    There are ready a lot of DCFC chargers between Boston and DC. They need to be installing the DCFC chargers in areas where there are not any like between Chicago and Denver.

  12. John C says:

    This is great….until recently, from Philly, to get to NYC in a 2013 LEAF, you needed to leave 95 and stop at two (badly placed) 24 kW (!) Chademos on Rte 1.

    Going south, there was a FC gap that was a little iffy to span with my range…never tried it.

  13. Mister G says:

    What about I-4 corridor in Florida?

  14. EZ-EV says:

    Nissan seems to be putting up a ton of money on EV charging infrastructure and trying to expand their own electric vehicle sales at a loss. They are offering $10,000 off Nissan LEAFs until the end of June