In order to boost sales of EVs in the country, there has to be a large charging network available to consumers. Car companies know this, and that is why Nissan and BMW have, in partnership with EVgo, announced the installation of 174 new DC fast charging stations across 33 states. The two companies hope that the expansion will make longer trips a lot easier for EV owners.
The charging network now includes over 668 DC Fast charging stations in over 50 metro areas, with 50 additional dual-port DCd fast chargers planned for 2017. The stations are meant to support Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 customers, but can also be used by any other electric vehicle that has CHAdeMO or SAE Combo (CCS) connectors.
Robert Healey, who is the Head of EV Infrastructure for BMW of North America, said that the expansion clearly shows that the German brand is committed to building a robust public charging infrastructure across the country. He also added that increasing the number of charging stations in the US will give consumers more confidence to opt for an EV like the BMW i3.
The Senior Manager of Nissan EV Infrastructure Strategy & Business Development, JeSean Hopkins, also added his views on the expansion. He stated that infrastructure for all is a key strategic priority for Nissan and that the company is looking forward to working with BMW as well as EVgo in the future.