Nissan/BMW Team Up on Fast Charging; Sorry, North Dakota

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Nissan and BMW announced Monday that they would add 120 public fast-charging stations in 19 states to significantly expand electric vehicle infrastructure for cars not called Tesla.

The 120 stations would supplement to Tesla’s network of more than 200 Supercharger sites around the U.S. and Canada, placed throughout the countries that serve as a backbone for long-distance EV travel. (Coast to coast records are already a thing.)

Sorry, North Dakota, still no love for you. It’s a shame. Fargo is such a super town.

According to Nissan and BMW, the superchargers will accommodate CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connectors, which fit both the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.

The 120 chargers would be a significant addition to the infrastructure or EV owners who don’t own Tesla cars. According to Chargepoint, which is the country’s largest network of chargers, there are roughly 225 fast charging stations around the country. A spokeswoman for Chargepoint said the company tracks roughly 70 percent of the networked chargers in the U.S.

Nissan and BMW effectively increased the number of fast chargers — which can charge a Leaf in roughly 20-30 minutes — by 50 percent in a day.

Unless you live in Grand Rapids. Then you’re still screwed.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Dec 21, 2015

    This is a game Nissan will lose. The lack of a mfr-harmonized EV rapid charging standard is a major impediment to EV adoption. I've said before that IMO Nissan should adopt the Tesla charging protocol because of its widespread deployment. Sadly, neither Nissan nor BMW have a long-range EV that makes sense to use with such a network, for at least another year or two. Besides, Nissan has ceded its EV sales lead to Tesla, which makes Nissan's efforts at developing charging infrastructure a day late and a dollar short. And paying $9.95 for a $3.00 fillup will be tough to swallow when you know that Tesla drivers don't pay anything.

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    • Mcs Mcs on Dec 21, 2015

      @Scoutdude I've done Boston to Vermont and toured Vermont. Lots of CHAdeMO chargers up there. I put about 22k a year on my Leaf. It's running great so far and the new battery technology seems to be working well. Still have all twelve bars and ran it at 60 mph in 27f degree weather and was down to 50% after 43 miles. Couldn't do that with the old batteries on a 25k mile car.

  • 65corvair 65corvair on Dec 21, 2015

    There needs to be a universal charger that works on all brands. And a full charge in 5 minutes.

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    • PhotoJim PhotoJim on Dec 23, 2015

      The faster you charge the battery, the shorter the lifespan of that battery will be. So be careful what you wish for.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Dec 22, 2015

    "Nissan Leaf and BMW i3." Is the i8 a different sort of connector, or something?

    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Dec 22, 2015

      I'm sure it's the same, but there are only about 2100 of them in the US, compared to 16k i3s and 88k Leafs.