BMW i has won the 'Momentum For Change' award by the United Nations (UN) for providing Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers with fast chargers along the regions on the east and west coast of the United States, under the initiative called the Express charging corridors.
This project is a brand independant, standardised charging infrastructure, which will play a crucial role in the transition to electric mobility in the US.
By the end of 2015, US will have nearly 100 quick charging stations along the American West Coast, between Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego and along the East Coast between Washington D. C. and Boston.
Each charging point will be installed at a maximum distance of 50 miles from each other, and located in the vicinity of shopping centres, restaurants or leisure facilities. Each station features 50 kW and 24 kW charging respectively, which takes only 20 minutes to charge a BMW i3 (50kW). all charging stations meet the worldwide CCS Standard and are usable for a wide range of EV's, so that they cannot be used just by models of one certain brand.
BMW i is also supporting a wide range of fast charging infrastructure projects on a worldwide basis, currently with a focus on North America, Europe, South Africa, China and Japan. In total, more than 30 projects in more than 25 countries has been started.
Here are some details:
- 429 rapid charging points in 10 European countries planned
- construction of 600 quick charging stations in Germany contemplated
- Fast charging of electric vehicles on the A9 motorway, between Munich and Berlin have been transferred into commercial operation.