BMW, VW team up to install 100 high-speed charging stations in 2015
In an announcement made on Thursday, automakers BMW and Volkswagen (VW) said that they have teamed up to expand the network of high-speed charging station; in an apparent effort to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs).
Announcing their partnership for building a fast-charger network, BMW and VW said that they have plans underway to install 100 high-speed charging stations in 2015. The charging stations will be installed on the high-traffic corridors on the East and West Coasts, like Interstate 95 between Washington and Boston on the East Cost; and the Portland, Oregon, to San Diego corridor on the West Cost.
The new high-speed charging stations which BMW and VW plan to install this year will be built and operated by the US’ biggest charging provider, ChargePoint. The fast chargers will be compatible with almost all EVs currently available on the market.
At the new high-speed charging stations, BMW and VW plan to install 50-kW fast chargers, as well as slower 24-kW Level 2 stations. With a standard cost of nearly $.50 per kilowatt-hour, the chargers will be open to any EV which uses the standard SAE J1772 or CHAdeMO plug.
About the ‘fast charger network’ plans of BMW and VW, which sell their respective i3 and e-Golf EVs, Robert Healey - head of electric vehicle infrastructure at BMW of North America - said: “We want to ensure that we’re using the same type of charger that other manufacturers will adopt.”
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