U.S. electric-car drivers have access to an additional 120 DC electric fast-charging stations nationwide thanks to a partnership between BMW and Nissan.
The chargers are in 19 states, including California, Florida, New York and Ohio.
The automakers said today in a news release that the stations come equipped with CHAdeMO and CCS (Combo) chargers, which can be used on any electric vehicle equipped with fast-charge ports. Electric vehicles can be charged up to 80 percent within 30 minutes at the stations, the companies said.
“Together with Nissan, we are focused on facilitating longer distance travel so that even more drivers will choose to experience to convenience of e-mobility for themselves,” said Cliff Fietzek, BMW of North America’s Connected eMobility manager, in a statement.
The joint project is part of a promotion plan for two of the companies’ electric vehicles -- the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf -- during a year in which demand for EVs and hybrids has softened.
Sales of the Leaf electric subcompact, the best-selling electric car globally, have dropped 41 percent to 15,922 vehicles through November this year, compared with the same period in 2014.
BMW has been able to buck the trend this year with the i3, which debuted in 2013. It has sold 9,602 of the electric subcompact cars through November this year, a rise of 89 percent compared with the same period last year.
Drivers of the i3 can use its in-vehicle navigation system or the BMW i Remote app to locate the new hargers, while Nissan drivers can use the automaker’s EZ-Charge smartphone app.
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