BMW and Volkswagen announced that they are cooperating jointly to build a network of quick charging stations, from one end of the US to the other.
The two German automakers will cooperate with ChargePoint, which has the largest charging network in North America, with more than 20,000 stations, with the new stations, to use the popular standard SAE Combo used for the BMW i3, the VW e-Golf and other electric cars.
The stations of 50 kW will be able to charge 80% of the batteries of the i3 and the e-Golf within 20 minutes, while those of 24 kW will need 30 minutes to charge 80% of the batteries of the two cars. The stations will also include “Level 2” chargers which will charge the i3 and the e-Golf entirely within 3.5-4 hours. The plan of the two companies is to construct stations each 50 miles on the streets that have much traffic.