September 14, 2016

YOUR NEXT CAR WILL BE A VOLT:

Charge! Electric car drivers can now travel Northeast Corridor, West Coast (Ellen Powell, SEPTEMBER 14, 2016, CS Monitor)

 Last year, German car manufacturers BMW and Volkswagen partnered with ChargePoint, a Campbell, Calif. startup with offices in Arizona and India. Their goal? To install almost 100 high-speed charging stations for various electric vehicle (EV) brands along heavy-traffic routes. 

"Our mission is to get everyone into an EV, and as the number of EVs on the road increases, we're building features that ensure charging and driving an EV is a seamless experience," Pat Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, told Ars Technica. 

These charging stations are now up and running along two of the busiest stretches of highway in the US: the Northeast Corridor (along I-95) and the West Coast (on I-5 and Highway 101). That's a particular gain for California drivers, who have been buying around half of the electric cars purchased in the US. It's also an advantage for tourist destinations: the chargers have been placed along routes that branch off these highways, so that drivers can get to Cape Cod, Mass. or Lake Tahoe.

Though BMW i3 drivers get discounted charging for the first two years, the plugs are specifically designed to fit a range of brands, including the upcoming Chevy Bolt. Some charging stations even offer alternative connectors that work for cars like the Nissan Leaf.

Posted by at September 14, 2016 5:13 PM

  

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