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BMW and Volkswagen back US rapid charge corridors

Set to be located in and between large cities, the new chargers will be spaced 50 miles apart and connect Boston to Washington and Portland with San Diego. Ongoing plans will extend the network further inland.

Each site will offer an 80% charge in half an hour or less via the Combined Charging System connector, used by both the Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3, and join ChargePoint’s existing network of 20,000 stations across the United States.

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—making the BMW i3 and other electric vehicles even more appealing.’

Jörg Sommer, vice president, product marketing and strategy, Volkswagen of America, added: ‘Volkswagen believes in a holistic approach to e-mobility in order to create a seamless experience for the consumer. The investment in the express charging corridor will provide e-Golf and other electric vehicle owners with the added support to travel their day-to-day and popular long distance routes.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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