BMW, Volkswagen Team With ChargePoint For Bi-Coastal Network

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
bmw volkswagen team with chargepoint for bi coastal network

More charging stations are on the way for EV owners, thanks to a new partnership between BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint.

The first phase of the partnership will be 100 DC fast chargers running north to south between Portland and San Diego on the West Coast, Boston and the District of Columbia on the East Coast. Each station will have up to two 50 kW DC Fast or 24 kW DC Combo Fast chargers for most EVs like the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf, as well as Level 2 chargers for all EVs. Access to each location is granted by a ChargePoint or ChargeNow membership card.

The new stations will be in metro and intercity locations — such as restaurants, malls and rest stops — spaced up to 50 miles apart for long-distance travel, joining a network of over 20,000 ChargePoint stations throughout the United States. The first location is online now in San Diego County, Calif., with the other 99 expected by the end of 2015.

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  • Vulpine Vulpine on Jan 23, 2015

    At best these would be emergency back-up chargers for a Tesla--they'll take more than twice as long to charge a Model S than Tesla's own Superchargers simply due to the slow charging rate.

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    • Mcs Mcs on Jan 24, 2015

      @th009 >> On the upside, they are not proprietary to a single brand. Actually, they are for level 3 charging. Teslas (with an adapter) and Leafs can use the CHAdeMO standard for L3 chargers. Lower EV volume manufacturers like BMW and VW use a different standard, CCS. Hopefully there will be adapters like Tesla has for CHAdeMO.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Apr 01, 2015

    So do the car manufacturers believe that cheap gasoline won't last more than a few years? I would have to guess they have far more data to predict with than us consumers.

  • Lorenzo This series is epic, but I now fear you'll never get to the gigantic Falcon/Dart/Nova comparison.
  • Chris P Bacon Ford and GM have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Odds are Chrysler/Cerberus/FCA/Stellantis is next to join in. If any of the companies like Electrify America had been even close to Tesla in reliability, we wouldn't be here.
  • Inside Looking Out China will decide which EV charging protocol will become world wide standard.
  • Chris P Bacon I see no reference to Sweden or South Carolina. I hate to assume, but is this thing built in China? I can't help but wonder if EVs would be more affordable to the masses if they weren't all stuffed full of horsepower most drivers will never use. How much could the price be reduced if it had, say, 200hp. Combined with the instant torque of an EV, that really is plenty of power for the daily commuter, which is what this vehicle really is.
  • Ajla It's weird how Polestar apparently has better BEVs than Volvo. And this is the same price as a Pilot and Plus optioned Polestar 2 AWD.