Volkswagen Selects ChargePoint, Bosch For e-Golf Charging
JUL 18 2014 BY MARK KANE
To expand upon Yesterday’s news flash post on Volkswagen and ChargePoint, here’s our more detailed look at what the partnership includes.
Volkswagen selected ChargePoint and Bosch to provide charging infrastructure for the upcoming 2015 e-Golf in the US.
Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will supply Power Max home charging station and will be the installation partner for customers, while ChargePoint will add public charging stations at all e-Golf dealerships (installed also by Bosch).
Partnership with ChargePoint of course means that all Volkswagen’s plug-in buyers will get free a ChargePoint network access card for more than 18,000 points, from which two thirds are free.
A Bosch Vehicle Charging Advisor will support customers through the entire installation process, including:
- No-cost, on-site quotation
- Local permit application, coordination, and inspection
- Installation completed by a Bosch Certified Electrician
All Volkswagen e-Golf owners will be given automatic access to the ChargePoint network, the largest in the world with more than 18,000 charging locations. Every e-Golf will come with a ChargePoint membership card in the car at no additional cost, giving owners far greater opportunities to charge their cars while on the go. About 60 percent of stations on the ChargePoint network are free to use and drivers can start a session with their ChargePoint card, the ChargePoint mobile app or by calling the support line listed on the station.
In addition, all Volkswagen e-Golf dealerships will have the latest generation ChargePoint stations with VW branding, installed by Bosch. The stations will be available for public use and dealers will use them to walk prospective buyers through EV charging. All e-Golf drivers will also get access to the ChargePoint mobile app, where they can navigate to stations, see real-time status updates (to see if the station is in use, available or down) and start charging sessions.”
Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy stated:
“We are delighted that Bosch is going to provide stations and installation services and are thrilled to provide our e-Golf drivers access to the ChargePoint network. Although the e-Golf is not the first BEV to market in the U.S., we are taking a holistic approach to e-Mobility. We want to offer the most competitive suite of services for what we think is the most versatile and most fun-to-drive electric vehicle on the market.”