Partnership between BMW and Volkswagen Creates More EV Charging Stations

BMW and Volkswagen have announced their joint intention to install almost 100 electric vehicle charging stations along popular routes on both the East and West Coasts. In collaboration with America’s largest electric vehicle charging network, ChargePoint, the automakers will help make some of America’s most-travelled roads more EV-friendly.

The project will include the addition of nearly 100 direct-current fast-charging stations installed from Portland to San Diego, and along Interstate 95 from Boston to Washington, DC, spaced no more than 50 miles apart. According to PCmag.com, we can expect to see these charging stations pop up in convenient locations like shopping centers, rest stops, and restaurants.

“A robust network of conveniently located [direct current] fast charging stations will go a long way toward increasing electric vehicle adoption and making electric vehicle ownership even more enjoyable,” Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure at BMW of North America, said. “The express charging corridors are another important step in the development of the U.S. e-mobility infrastructure that makes longer distance travel a real option for consumers, particularly along the most heavily trafficked portions of both coasts.”

The first stations are already underway on the West Coast, with the first location in San Diego.

These high-speed charging stations can juice up a Volkswagen e-Golf to 80% in just 20 minutes. All stations will be BMW- and Volkswagen-compatible (along with several other models), and will also include level 2 chargers, which can charge nearly all electric vehicles, with the exception of Tesla.

Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we want to know: would you choose an electric vehicle as your primary source of transportation, provided that Ottawa boasted a robust EV charging network? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

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