BMW, VW and ChargePoint partner for ‘Express Charging Corridors Initiative’
In a press release published on Tuesday, bigwig German automakers BMW and Volkswagen (VW) and California-based electric-vehicle infrastructure firm ChargePoint have announced that they have teamed up for a collaborative effort called the ‘Express Charging Corridors Initiative.’
The new initiative announced by BMW, VW and ChargePoint involves the installation of nearly 100 public electric vehicle charging stations along two of the busiest coastal highways in the US --- Interstate 95 on the East Coast, from Boston to Washington, DC; and Interstate 5 and Highway 1 on the West Coast, from Portland to San Diego.
According to the press release, a total of 95 direct current (DC) charging stations have been installed along the two coastal highways, to meet the demand for fast-charging stations as well as to persuade consumers to make the transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric-powered vehicles.
Revealing that the DC fast chargers are compatible with all electric vehicles with fast-charging capability, BMW, VW and ChargePoint said that the chargers are located every 50 miles at rest stops, restaurants, and shopping centers along the two major coastal highways.
The ‘Express Charging Corridors Initiative’ underscores an effort by BMW and VW to pose a more substantial completion to electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, which has built a vast network of free-to-use, fast-charging Superchargers for owners of Roadster, Model S, and Model X vehicles. The Superchargers have been installed by Tesla along the highways throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
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