Nissan and BMW are installing 120 dual port fast-changing stations across the USA that should charge compatible vehicles up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.
The programme will encompass 19 states and any car with a fast charging port, such as the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3, will be able to take advantage of the stations.
The companies want to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in the US as well as enable longer distance driving with more frequently placed charge points.
“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,” said BMW manager Cliff Fietzek.
“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.”
The new ports will offer dual 50 kW DC fast-charging stations with both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors.
Drivers will be able to locate the chargers using the in-vehicle navigation or by using BMW’s iRemote App or Nissan’s EZ-Charge app.
Nissan says its ‘Leaf’ range are the world’s best-selling electric cars. The most recent model is capable of driving for 107 miles between charges.
The BMW i3 powered by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery and has a shorter maximum range of 80-100 miles.
“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 Nissan director Andrew Speaker.
“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.”
In November, Fraunhofer researchers demonstrated a smart energy management system that allows homeowners to charge their electric vehicles from excess energy produced by rooftop solar panels.