BMW and Nissan introduced a joint project in 19 US states that involved the construction of 120 combined quick charging stations intended primarily for the owners of Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 vehicles, but others as well.


The aim of the project was a nationwide use of electric cars and to meet the increasing demand for quick charging that will enable the drivers to considerably extend the range of daily environmentally friendly drives. The project is rather extensive, for it includes the US federal states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia in Wisconsin.

Each of the 120 charging stations will allow for 50 kW charging using CHAdeMO and SAE plug standards, thus available both to Nissan Leaf in BMW i3 owners, as well as to the owners of other cars equipped with the quick charging technology. An 80 per cent charge of the aforementioned models will only take 20 to 30 minutes, which is a lot faster than when using the 240-Volt 'Level 2' charging stations that are the most common type in the USA.

They also made it easy for the drivers to locate these quick charging stations. BMW owners will use the car's satnav system integrated in the Connected Drive interface or, alternatively, the BMW i Remote App, while the smartphone Nissan EZ-Charge App will assist Nissan drivers.

Dec. 26, 2015 Driving photo: Nissan, BMW

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