No less than ninety percent of all BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf users will soon gain access to an EVgo fast charger in the vicinity – as the competitors this time around joined forces to provide the amenity to their clients.
Automakers – die hard competitors in real life – are also great at making partnerships when needed. For example BMW and Nissan are now enhancing the EVgo fast charging network by working together for the installation of 50 more 50-kW DC fast chargers in the US over the course of the year. They are of course partners with the provider – EVgo – as well, as they build on the already available 174 locations in 33 states that BMW and Nissan actually started working since back in December 2015.
EVgo’s total network includes 668 dual-port (that is, SAE Combo and CHAdeMO) DC fast charging stations and this latest investment from BMW and Nissan wants to “support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide.” The Leaf fast charges using the CHAdeMO standard while the i3 is on the competing SAE Combo – but any modern plug in vehicle can use them, even Tesla with an adapter. BMW and Nissan have dual-port DC Fast chargers with EVgo in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.