BMW, VW to help Chargepoint create charging corridors

Owning a battery-powered electric vehicle is no good if you have nowhere to charge it. BMW and VW are working with Chargepoint to give you plenty more choices in the US.

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VW, BMW and Chargepoint are saturating the coasts with chargers. Volkswagen Group

If you're in the US, you have more options than ever before when it comes to battery-powered electric vehicles (EV). Two of the newest are the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen e-Golf . Yet, these car makers know that you probably won't buy their EVs if you don't have somewhere to charge them. So, they've partnered with Chargepoint to empower EV drivers in the US.

As part of the deal, Chargepoint will deploy at least 100 chargers along the east and west coasts. A hundred chargers isn't a particularly huge deal (there are thousands across the country already), but these will be of the fast-charging DC variety, which are able to bring an EV to an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes.

The hope is that these chargers will form a continuous "corridor" along both coasts, such that there will be no more than a 50-mile gap between chargers. Once completed, in theory, EV drivers could stay charged from Portland to San Diego on the West Coast or from Boston to Washington DC on the East Coast. It's a similar approach to Tesla's Supercharger rollout, which ultimately started along the coasts before finally connecting the entire country.

These "express charge corridors" should be in service by the end of this year, giving drivers more reason to go electric on their next vehicle purchase.

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