Following the partnership between Nissan and BMW, a total of 120 fast-charging stations have been installed across 19 US states.
A sustained development of the electric-charging network is a crucial step for the automakers in their further efforts to promote green cars and the common goal is pushing the automotive industry to join forces into the right direction. Nissan and BMW are now cooperating to offer public fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in the US, thus aiming to increase the demand for Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 and also to encourage adoption of EVs nationwide. With this partnership, drivers have now the ability to extend the length of their electric travels in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
“Nissan takes a three-pronged approach to growing public EV charging options for LEAF drivers by installing quick chargers in the community, at corporate workplaces and at Nissan dealerships,” said Andrew Speaker, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “By working with BMW to increase the number of available public quick-chargers, we are able to further enhance range confidence among EV drivers across the country.”
Each of these new locations will offer a dual 50 kW fast-charging station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connectors, the proposed global industry standard and the North American standard for electrical connectors respectively, benefiting owners of both LEAF and i3 electric cars, as well as all EV drivers in the US whose vehicles are equipped with quick-charge ports. These stations can charge EVs from Nissan and BMW up to 80 percent in about 20-30 minutes, as compared to the longer time required to recharge at 240V, currently the most commonly available public charging station. Drivers can locate them through ConnectedDrive system in the BMW i3 or via the Nissan EZ-Charge smartphone app.