2/11/2015

BMW, VW Plan EV Charging Array in U.S.

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BMW AG and Volkswagen AG are partnering with California-based ChargePoint Inc. to install nearly 100 fast-charge facilities for electric cars by year-end.

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BMW AG and Volkswagen AG are partnering with California-based ChargePoint Inc. to install nearly 100 fast-charge facilities for electric cars by year-end.

The companies will add direct-current chargers along high-traffic corridors on the East and West Coasts. They plan to string the stations no more than 50 miles apart.

Total cost of the initial phase was not announced, but VW says it expects to invest $10 million in the program. The partners say they may expand the network later.

The initiative will support the recently introduced BMW i3 and VW e-Golf EVs. But the stations also will be accessible by other EV owners. The partners say each location will include common Level 2 charging capabilities in addition to much faster 24-kW and 50-kW DC charging via an SAE Combo connector.

The new facilities will be part of ChargePoint's U.S. network of more than 20,000 stations. The company also works with six other carmakers on EV charging services.