BMW is expanding its “ChargeNow DC Fast” program in partnership with eVgo by installing 500 more DC fast charging stations across 25 U.S. markets. eVgo already installed 100 stations throughout California last year as part of the ChargeNow DC Fast program and now the company will add 50 stations (~2 in each market) before the end of the year under the new deal, which should bring the total to 600 stations by the end of 2018. Under certain restrictions, BMW i3 drivers in those areas will have access to the network at no-cost for two years. BMW described the program in a press release:
Eligible BMW i3 customers (fleet customers are excluded) in ChargeNow DC Fast markets, who purchase or lease the BMW i3 on or after November 1, 2015, from a BMW i Center can enroll in the program. Program participants can enjoy unlimited no cost 30-minute DC Fast Combo charging and no cost 1 hour Level 2 charging for their BMW i3, at EVgo Stations, for 24 months from date of enrollment at chargenow.com/us. Customers use the complimentary ChargeNow cards (included with the BMW i3 vehicle) to access the no-cost charging sessions.
eVgo is a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc. which installs ~44 kW DC fast charging stations combined with level 2 chargers. A BMW i3 can charge up to 80% in about 20-30 minutes using an eVgo DC Fast Combo charger.
Here are the ChargeNow DC Fast markets:
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
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