BMW to Add 500 New Charging Stations to “ChargeNow DC Fast” Program
Many people believe electric vehicles are the future of transportation. However, rapid widespread adoption is simply not possible without a more expansive charging infrastructure that can facilitate longer distance travel. That’s what BMW hopes to help address with their ChargeNow DCFast program. When it first debuted in June 2014 it resulted in the successful implementation of 100 EVgo fast charging stations. Due to an increase in sales of EVs, especially the i3, BMW has announced plans to install another 500 charging stations by the end of 2018.
New i3 customers will receive a complimentary charge card for unlimited no-cost charging for two years. Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure for BMW of North America, commented on the expansion, saying “With ChargeNow DC Fast, BMW i3 owners can experience ‘range confidence’ resulting from convenient, quicker DC Fast charging on the go, making longer EV trips more practical. The no cost charging sessions for BMW i3 drivers will become even more valuable over time, as more of these DC Fast Combo chargers become available.”
The first 50 additional charging stations are expected to be in place by the end of 2015.