Nissan Motor Co. and electric-vehicle charging network operator EVgo are working to connect Boston to Washington through a network of nine direct current fast-charging sites.
The companies call the route the I-95 Fast Charge ARC, short for an advanced recharging corridor along the interstate highway that connects major cities on the East Coast.
The nine charging sites, consisting of 50 charging stations to cover the roughly 450-mile route, are to be ready this fall. Most sites for stations have been identified, a Nissan spokesman said, and construction is underway.
He said the route may expand with additional charging sites because Nissan is “always looking at opportunities to expand infrastructure” since it launched the Leaf EV in late 2010.
The project was announced last week at the opening ceremony of the New York auto show, according to a Tuesday release.
Each station will be able to charge at least four EVs simultaneously with a power output of 50 kilowatts. The stations also have the capability for high-power output of up to 150 kW, the release said, “with simple upgrades once such technology is available to consumers.”
Stations will offer both CHAdeMO DC fast-charging outlets, used by Nissan, Mitsubishi and Subaru EVs, and Combined Charging System outlets, used by automakers including General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and BMW.
The fall opening of the stations is “expected just in time for the launch of the all-new Nissan Leaf” slated for the same time, said JeSean Hopkins, senior manager of EV infrastructure strategy and business development at Nissan North America.
“Regardless of range capability, a convenient fast-charge infrastructure along high-traffic routes is imperative in the mass-adoption of electric vehicles,” Hopkins said in a statement. “This element of the EV equation is seemingly overlooked by others, but we’re all-in. Following a similar project in California, this is our second ‘corridor’ project in the U.S.”