BMW, Nissan Collaborate To Provide US Customers With Dual Fast Chargers Across 19 States

Posted: Dec 22 2015, 5:57am CST | by , in Technology News


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BMW and Nissan motors have collaborated to provide DC Fast charging to electric car users across 19 states of the US, and this is aimed at making it easy for customers using Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 to easily and quickly charge their vehicles during a long journey nationwide - according to BMW USA News.

The increasing use of electric vehicles (EV) necessitates the need for public DC Fast charging options across the country, and both BMW and Nissan have risen to the occasion to prolong the length of electric travels. To this extent, fast chargers are now available 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.

“BMW continues to pursue new ways to support the development of a robust public charging infrastructure that will benefit current and future BMW i3 owners across the country. This BMW-Nissan project builds on BMW’s ongoing commitment to participate in joint partnerships designed to expand DC Fast charging options nationwide for all EV drivers,” said Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility, BMW of North America.

“Together with Nissan, we are focused on facilitating longer distance travel so that even more drivers will choose to experience the convenience of e-mobility for themselves,” Fietzek added.

And then, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing, Andrew Speaker, clarified that “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. 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.”

All the locations set up for DC Fast charging will offer dual 50 kW service with CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, and these will function for electric car owners using either Nissan LEAF or BMW i3 cars. Apart from these, drivers using electric vehicles and having quick-charge ports will also be able to use the DC Fast-charging stations as they see fit.

To this extent, new stations with the 50 kW fast-charging option will charge up Nissan and BMW electric vehicles up to 80% within 20-30 minutes, as against the longer period needed to charge with a Level 2 charger (240V).

Drivers can easily locate the chargers with ConnectedDrive in the BMW i3—either using the in-vehicle Navigation or by using the BMW i Remote App—or via the Nissan EZ-Charge smartphone app. Additionally, these chargers are compatible with the Nissan EZ-Charge cards.

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