BMW and Nissan are joining forces to offer public DC Fast charging

BMW i | December 21st, 2015 by 13
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BMW and Nissan are joining forces to offer public DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan LEAF …

BMW and Nissan are joining forces to offer public DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide.

With this partnership between two of the top EV manufacturers, BMW and Nissan address the growing demand for additional public DC Fast-charging options in markets spanning the country, giving drivers the ability to easily extend the length of their electric travels. The breadth of Nissan and BMW’s fast-charger buildout is expansive, with fast chargers now available in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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“BMW continues to pursue new ways to support the development of a robust public charging infrastructure that will benefit current and future BMW i3 owners across the country. This BMW-Nissan project builds on BMW’s ongoing commitment to participate in joint partnerships designed to expand DC Fast charging options nationwide for all EV drivers,” said Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility, BMW of North America. “Together with Nissan, we are focused on facilitating longer distance travel so that even more drivers will choose to experience the convenience of e-mobility for themselves.”

“Nissan takes a three-pronged approach to growing public EV charging options for LEAF drivers by installing quick chargers in the community, at corporate workplaces and at Nissan dealerships,” said Andrew Speaker, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “By working with BMW to increase the number of available public quick-chargers, we are able to further enhance range confidence among EV drivers across the country.”

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Each of these new locations will offer a dual 50 kW DC Fast-charging station with both CHAdeMO and CCS (Combo) connectors, serving owners of both Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 electric cars, as well as all EV drivers in the U.S. whose vehicles are equipped with quick-charge ports. These 50 kW stations can charge EVs from Nissan and BMW up to 80 percent in about 20-30 minutes, as compared to the longer time required to recharge at a Level 2 (240V) charger, currently the most commonly available public charging station.

Drivers can easily locate the chargers with ConnectedDrive in the BMW i3—either using the in-vehicle Navigation or by using the BMW i Remote App—or via the Nissan EZ-Charge smartphone app. Additionally, these chargers are compatible with the Nissan EZ-Charge cards.

13 responses to “BMW and Nissan are joining forces to offer public DC Fast charging”

  1. mckillio says:

    This is really good news but the industry really needs to decide on a set standard for chargers.

    • Charles says:

      At the moment when I pull up at a petrol pump there are typically four different types of fuel. Not really that different.

      • adrianrf says:

        n’really, mate, please be serious:

        a) truly, your atmosphere-despoiling, bloody-soaked, fossil-fuel-guzzling, dinosaurishly-obsolete vehicle will run virtually indistinguishably well on any of the marginally-distinguishable industrial chemistry products you may pick (despite the best multimillion-dollar brand differentiation efforts of their manufacturers);

        b) most importantly: you can have absolute federal and state standards-body-enforced assurance that *all* the nozzles assuredly *will* fit your vehicle’s tank filler orifice.

  2. Denys Allard says:

    Does anyone know who the charger manufacturer is?

  3. adrianrf says:

    it did. CHAdeMO is/was that standard.

    but incumbents, like Ford & BMW, with:

    • major ICE-based brand equity;
    • wide ICE product portfolios and billions of $ committed to future ICE evolution;
    • distribution dependent on franchised dealers—which loathe BEVs, because they will wipe out ICE servicing revenue;

    deliberately created CCS as a market fragmentation tactic: introduce an incompatible VHS format to hamper Beta’s early acceptance, on the spurious grounds of the “excessive cost” of putting both CHAdeMO and J1772 sockets on cars.

    this added car-buyer confusion, which helped stall vehicle sales; and simultaneously choked back the expansion rate of the QC network (again impeding car sales) by a) effectively obsoleting the entire QC installed base, while b) also forcing future EVSE designs to be dual-standard—more expensive, more complex, more maintenance-intensive—as a practical necessity.

    not that they haven’t both been outpaced by Tesla, which has made an unprecedented investment in building out its own SuperCharger network from scratch, capable of recharging its vehicles from 2-4 times faster—and opensourcing its patents.

    plus, Tesla has successfully worked around the brain-dead franchised dealer model by assuming 21st century logistics; and they’ve further slashed service requirements by:

    a) building the first fully integrated, network-centric, completely custom system logic into their vehicles (rather than using the typical lash-up of three dozen erratic, discrete ECUs, each designed & built by different manufacturers in splendid isolation, and intercommunicating at lowest-common denominator of functionality);

    b) enabling fleet-wide Over-The-Air updates—

    ever ask yourself why BMW chose *not* to match that capability—though shipping i3/i5 *after* the Tesla Model 3 gave them ample opportunity?

    because they didn’t want their franchise dealers to revolt. [even then, they had to pick only a small subset of franchises to “certify” as EV “specialists”]

    result: sky-high customer satisfaction numbers

    the moment Tesla starts shipping the Model 3, no one in their right mind will buy any EV that isn’t a) OTA-updateable, or b) isn’t Supercharger-compatible.

  4. Miles Erickson says:

    As long as there’s only one charger per location, it’s the same problem we have in the Pacific Northwest: a so-called “Electric Highway” with a capacity of one or two vehicles per hour. Need to charge in the evening or on a weekend? Expect to wait an hour for the two cars ahead of you in line. And if the charger is broken or otherwise offline, which happens often, you’re stuck for hours at a level 2 charger instead. What if some idiot parks his Hummer in front of the quick charger to make a political statement against EVs? Same deal, you’re stuck for hours, and there’s NEVER a number to call to get said the offending vehicle towed away.

    When will Nissan actually step up and build multi-bay charging STATIONS (as Tesla already does) instead of putting overcrowded and unreliable individual chargers on the map and pretending that they’re stations? Without real charging stations, the promise of a 30-minute quick charge is just a cruel joke on EV drivers.

  5. […] Nissan-BMW charging alliance: The two auto makers are working together in building up fast-charging infrastructure in the U.S. Some 120 locations have reportedly been fitted with 50 kW DC-chargers. CCS and CHAdeMO exist there side by side. No wonder that other countries are longingly looking at America… bmwblog.com […]

  6. Jasona Ev says:

    Yeah.. and they show TWO vehicles that can only charge ONE AT A TIME -_-

    And BMW/the CSS group pushed those damn slow 20 something KW units out in the wild so they have no real intentions of “fast” charging.

  7. jstack6 says:

    This only covers a few states and only at 24 kW, while Tesla covers all states and is added a new SC every day. Tesla Super Chargers are all FREE and also charge at about 100 kW with 150 coming with their liquid cooled cables already working in a few California locations. Tesla is very serious, these are making an attempt but won’t get close.
    In our area most of the dealer Fast Chargers are out of service or turned down to 18 kW or less so they stay working. Maybe when gas prices go back up the dealers will get serious about Fast Charging.

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