Nissan and EVgo are today launching their new east coast fast-charging route along the I-95 enabling EV drivers to travel between Washington D.C. and Boston.
The route consists of 9 stations with a total of 52 fast-chargers.
Right now, they are set up for a 50 kW charge rate, but as they announced when first revealing the network last year, they pre-wired the station to eventually enable a charge rate of up to 150 kW.
Brian Maragno, director of EV sales and marketing for Nissan North America, commented on the announcement:
“We’re excited to continue pioneering the development of electric vehicle infrastructure with the opening of our second charging `corridor’project in the U.S. This charging route along one of the most heavily populated areas of the country further demonstrates our commitment to the mass implementation and future development of easily accessible EV technology and will foster EV travel up and down the Northeastern coast of the United States.”
As part of Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program, owners of Nissan LEAF models can charge their vehicle for up to 30 minutes of complimentary charging at any participating DC fast-charge station for two years after their vehicle purchase.
Cathy Zoi, the CEO of EVgo, added:
“EVgo and Nissan’s I-95 Fast Charging ARC is designed to make fast charging easy and convenient for EV drivers from Boston to Washington D.C. Because we own our fast charging stations, EVgo drivers can rely on us to offer exceptional service from coast to coast. We applaud Nissan’s historic leadership in infrastructure investment in partnership with EVgo, affording drivers the opportunity to rely on the I-95 Fast Charging ARC today.”
With this new I-95 Fast Charging ARC, EVgo’s charging network now includes more than 1000 fast charging stations spanning 34 states.
This is the latest example of the growing EV charging network in the US.
Between this and other networks like Electrify America, Tesla’s Supercharger, and ChargePoint, charging options for electric vehicles in the US are now becoming increasingly common.
It is becoming a big business as companies want to take advantage of the growing EV fleet.
Some networks are certainly better than others when it comes to user experience, charge rate, and reliability. The market will likely shake off a few of them over the years, but in the meantime, more stations are better for everyone.