Friday, 23 January 2015

VW, BMW and ChargePoint Announce Initiative to Create Network of EV Fast Chargers.



"Video courtesy of VW USA Media.

At the 2015 Washington Auto Show, two of the top automakers, Volkswagen of America and BMW of North America, together with ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, announced an initiative to create express charging corridors along heavily-traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. Designed to increase the number of fast charging locations, the initiative will help meet the large and growing demand for convenient, publicly available electric vehicle fast chargers, including direct current (DC) Fast charging locations, and support the adoption of electric vehicles in the United States. In the initial phase, the aim is to install nearly 100 DC Fast chargers across both coasts, with plans to expand the program to increase access to fast charging across the country. These newly installed DC Fast chargers will be added to the growing ChargePoint network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America.

With more than 280,000 electric vehicles sold in the United States, EV owners need more charging flexibility while on the go. The express charging corridors will provide electric vehicle drivers access to DC Fast chargers along the most heavily populated and highly-trafficked regions on Interstate 95 on the east coast, from Boston to Washington, D.C., and on the west coast covering and connecting the metropolitan areas of Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The installations will occur both within and between relevant metro areas, strategically-spaced at a maximum of 50 miles apart, making it even easier to take long road trips in an EV."

Electric Cars in China: Charging Stations Built Along Beijing-Shanghai Route.


Xinhua.

  And here comes the Charging Infrastructure for Electric Cars in China. Tesla's Superchargers will change the game there as well in the future.


Electric Cars Growing In Popularity In China.



"Charging infrastructure for the electric cars will be the challenge in China, but nothing is out of reach for the existing technology. Investments and government push in "War Against Pollution" will turn the tide. Better electric cars are coming on the streets. Tesla Model III and GM Bolt will launch the mass market for EVs. LG Chem is building its Lithium Megafactory to meet to rising demand and Foxconn - manufacturer of iPhones - invests in electric cars in China. Next step in action now is to secure the supply of strategic commodities for this rEvolution - Lithium and REE."