BMW i announces ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion

BMW i, News | November 18th, 2015 by 4
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BMW of North America announces the ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion program in cooperation with EVgo. As part of its ongoing commitment to the growth of …

BMW of North America announces the ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion program in cooperation with EVgo. As part of its ongoing commitment to the growth of a robust public DC Fast charging infrastructure, BMW is supporting EVgo’s installation of an incremental 500 DC Fast Combo chargers, to benefit BMW i3 customers and all EV drivers in the US with DC Fast Combo charging capability. ChargeNow DC Fast also includes two years of no-cost charging for qualifying BMW i3 drivers in those areas.

Eligible BMW i3 customers* in ChargeNow DC Fast markets**, who purchase or lease the BMW i3 on or after November 1, 2015, from a BMW i Center can enroll in the program. Program participants can enjoy unlimited no cost 30-minute DC Fast Combo charging and no cost 1 hour Level 2 charging for their BMW i3, at EVgo Stations, for 24 months from date of enrollment at chargenow.com/us. Customers use the complimentary ChargeNow cards (included with the BMW i3 vehicle) to access the no-cost charging sessions.

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With the growth of EV sales, there is increasing demand among drivers for more publicly available, strategically located DC Fast charging stations to facilitate longer distance EV travel. A BMW i3 vehicle can charge up to 80% in just 20-30 minutes using a DC Fast Combo charger—about the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack.

“This significant expansion in the number as well as the locations of publicly available DC Fast Combo chargers further affirms BMW’s commitment to e-mobility and will make EV ownership even more enjoyable for BMW i3 drivers,” said Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure for BMW of North America. “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.”

ChargeNow DC Fast, originally introduced in July 2014, resulted in the successful installation of 100 EVgo Stations with DC Fast Combo charging, throughout California, while providing BMW i3 owners with no-cost access to the stations. With BMW’s continued support, EVgo plans to install 500 additional DC Fast Combo chargers by the end of 2018, with more than 600 charging stations in operation. By the end of 2015, EVgo expects to have nearly 50 of the additional chargers installed, with at least one such charger in each market (excluding Portland).

The first phase of ChargeNow DC Fast introduced one card, one account public charging network interoperability, as BMW i3 drivers in California use the ChargeNow card  to access DC Fast Combo charging sessions at EVgo Stations. The program expansion extends network interoperability even further as customers across the US use the ChargeNow card to access both DC Fast Combo and Level 2 charging sessions at EVgo Stations.

*Fleet customers are not eligible. Other terms and conditions apply, see chargenow.com/us.

**ChargeNow DC Fast markets include:

 

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Fresno, CA
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Monterey, CA
Nashville, TN
New York, NYOrlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC

4 responses to “BMW i announces ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion”

  1. […] few weeks ago at the LA Auto Show, BMW made news by announcing a partnership with NRG’s EVgo to install an additional 500 DC Fast Charge stations in 25 major US markets. The project is called […]

  2. […] finished, I turned the discussion to the announcement made just hours before, the national ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion. This is actually an expansion of a program started in 2014, when BMW and NRG teamed up to install […]

  3. […] finished, I turned the discussion to the announcement made just hours before, the national ChargeNow DC Fast Expansion. This is actually an expansion of a program started in 2014, when BMW and NRG teamed up to install […]

  4. Ed Gulbinas says:

    Unfortunately this program doesn’t work for Canadians traveling in the US. When we bought our i3 we were told the benefits of ChargeNow but when we said we would use it for travel in the US the salesperson made no mention of the limitations. There are only three DC fast chargers in all of Ontario. We tried the one at BMW headquarters in Vaughan. In an hour we got a 62% charge. Much slower than we expected! BMW is not serious about providing infrastructure.

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