|2015-01-25 14:44:24 ev|
VW and BMW team with ChargePoint on new EV corridors - more charging stations on both coasts to help spur electric-car use.
Alt-fuel vehicles are usually accompanied by great arguments on paper—fewer emissions, less reliance on oil, lower operating costs, etc.—but getting people to adopt them en masse is no easy thing.
The big obstacle is infrastructure, or more to the point, a lack thereof. Tesla grasped this early on and introduced the Supercharger network to give its customers free charging stations along well-trafficked corridors, thereby creating a blueprint for other manufacturers to follow.
Enter Volkswagen, BMW, and ChargePoint, who are the first to crib Elon Musk's model in the hopes that doing so will encourage more people to drive electric cars like the VW e-Golf and BMW i3.
At the Washington Auto Show, the trio announced that they're partnering to install 100 new DC fast chargers on the east and west coasts. These will be available to the public as part of the ChargePoint network, which members pay to use.
The new chargers will be set at around 50-mile intervals on two corridors: I-95 between Boston and Washington, D.C, and then a West Coast route that connects Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
The DC chargers let a i3 or e-Golf get an 80% charge in 20 or 30 minutes, depending on whether they're 50kW or 24kW units, and they'll be backed up at every location by Level 2 chargers—like those that EV drivers generally have installed at home—which provide about 25 miles worth of range per hour.