Driving an electric vehicle just got a whole lot easier thanks to Nissan and BMW. The automakers just announced they’ve built 120 DC fast-charging stations in 19 states across the U.S. The joint project promotes the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3, but any EV driver with the fast-charge port can use them, too.
The new stations use a dual-port 50kW system. They provide up to an 80 percent charge in 20 to 30 minutes. Both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connectors allow for charging of the Leaf, i3, and other electric vehicle models.
All of this means that EV drivers can travel further without going out of range. The new stations are 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.
“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,” says Andrew Speaker, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing.
“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. 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,” says Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility, BMW of North America.
BMW i3 drivers can use its in-vehicle navigation system or the BMW i Remote app to locate the new chargers. Nissan drivers can use the automaker’s EZ-Charge smartphone app.