NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Nissan and BMW are teaming up to install public fast-charging stations across the United States to boost Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 sales.
The move is also designed to promote the adoption of electric vehicles nationwide.
The fast-charging locations will be available to all EV drivers whose vehicles are equipped with quick-charge ports.
The network will offer fast charging at 120 locations in 19 states, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
“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,” said Andrew Speaker, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, in a statement.
BMW said the Nissan partnership helps drivers “experience the convenience of e-mobility for themselves.”
Each of the locations offers a dual 50kW fast-charging station with CHAdeMO and SAE combo connectors. The 50kW stations can charge EVs from Nissan and BMW up to 80 percent in about 20-30 minutes.
Drivers will be able to locate the chargers with the i3’s standard navigation system or by using the BMW i Remote App. Leaf owners will be able to use the Nissan EZ-Charge smartphone app.
The Nissan and BMW fast-charging network is similar to the Tesla Supercharger network.
Serving only Tesla cars, including the Model S and Model X, its 3,321 Superchargers are spread among 576 stations worldwide, more than 150 of which are in the United States. There is a key difference, however. The Tesla network is paired with vehicles that can go substantially farther on a charge than other EVs – including the Leaf and i3. There would therefore need to be many more of the Nissan/BMW chargers for owners of their EVs to easily traverse the country in the way Model S owners have.
The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 11,636 public electric charging stations in the United States, with 29,570 charging outlets.
The growing list of EVs in the United States includes the Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus EV, Fiat 500e, Kia Soul EV and Volkswagen e-Golf.
Edmunds says: Range anxiety is a key reason why many shy away from electric cars. BMW and Nissan’s new fast-charging network could alleviate some of that anxiety.