BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan Adding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The last week has been full of news about electric vehicle charging stations coming online whether it’s on the East Coast, West Coast or in the Southeast- where most EVs are sold. With EV sales up 23% in the last year (119,710 in 2014), the market is going and so is the demand to be able to charge on the go.
BMW, Volkswagen, and ChargePoint
At the 2015 Washington Auto Show, two of the top automakers, BMW of North America and Volkswagen of America, together with ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, announced an initiative to create express charging corridors on the East and West Coasts. The initiative is designed to meet the large and growing demand for convenient, publicly available electric vehicle fast chargers.
In the initial phase, the aim is to install nearly 100 DC Fast chargers across both coasts, with plans to expand the program to increase access to fast charging across the country. These newly installed DC Fast charging stations will be added to the growing ChargePoint network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America.
Nissan and Georgia Power
Atlanta, the capital of the New South, is the largest sales market for the Nissan Leaf and trails only San Francisco in terms of EV adoption by residents. Companies with 100+ employees that install charging stations are eligible to receive a rebate funded by Georgia Power and Nissan covering the cost of the stations.
In the recent past, destinations like Ponce City Market, Atlantic Station, and Agnes Scott College have taken advantage of the program with many more expected before the rebate runs out later this year.