Nissan and BMW are joining forces to offer public fast charging at 120 locations across the US in an effort to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles.
Each of these new locations will offer a dual 50 kW fast-charging station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connectors, serving owners of both Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 electric cars, as well as all EV drivers in the U.S. whose vehicles are equipped with quick-charge ports. These 50 kW stations can charge EVs from Nissan and BMW up to 80 percent in about 20-30 minutes, as compared to the longer time required to recharge at a Level 2 (240V) charger, currently the most commonly available public charging station.
"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," said Andrew Speaker, Nissan's director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. "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."
"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," said Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility, BMW of North America. "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."
Drivers can locate the chargers with ConnectedDrive in the BMW i3 - either using the in-vehicle Navigation or by using the BMW i Remote App - or via the Nissan EZ-Charge smartphone app. Additionally, these chargers are compatible with the Nissan EZ-Charge cards.