Thursday, January 26, 2017

BMW ChargeNow EVgo Expansion Underway In U.S.


BMW continues to make news with regards to electric vehicle infrastructure and customer charging programs. Coming off yesterday’s Nissan partnership news, today BMW has announced the expansion of their ChargeNow by EVgo program.

The ChargeNow by EVgo program was initiated by BMW in November of 2015, and was active in 25 ChargeNow DC Fast EVgo metro markets. The expansion now includes the entire national network of DC Fast charging station in 33 states covering more than 50 metro areas. BMW claims that the now-expanded network will be accessible for over 92% of new i3 owners. There are a number of different options and aspects of the ChargeNow EVgo program, including two years of unlimited, free DC Fast charge access to BMW i3 owners that purchased or leased a new i3 from November 1st, 2015 onward.  

From the press release:

ChargeNow by EVgo no-cost and specially priced public charging
programs - exclusively for BMW i and iPerformance drivers - now
available in more than 50 metro areas across the U.S.

   * ChargeNow by EVgo provides no cost and low cost public charging
      access programs designed for BMW i and BMW iPerformance owners
      across the entire EVgo network– now including charging stations in 33
      states.

   * This expansion enables more than 92 percent of new BMW i3 drivers to
      enroll in ChargeNow DC Fast for 2 years of no-cost charging. Owners
      of Certified Pre-Owned BMW i3 and i8 vehicles can enroll for 1 year of
      no-cost charging at EVgo stations.

   * Drivers can easily enroll at www.ChargeNowUSA.com using their
      ChargeNow card, for access to the nearly 670 EVgo DC Fast charging
      stations, plus Level 2 chargers, now available across the country.
 
Cliff Fietzek, Manager of Connected eMobility at BMW of North America , stands in front  of a BMW i3 at the 2015 LA Auto Show. 
 “The pace at which we have been making charging infrastructure partnership announcements recently shows that BMW continues to aggressively pursue the company’s commitment to our e-mobility customers, with our steadfast support for growing the public charging infrastructure across the U.S.,” commented Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility at BMW of North America, LLC. 

“Using their ChargeNow card, our BMW i3, i8, and iPerformance drivers now have access to the entire EVgo charging network. By supporting the continued growth of publicly available DC Fast charging across the U.S., BMW is helping more drivers make the switch to an e-mobility lifestyle with confidence.”
 
The EVgo DC Fast charge network now includes 668 Fast charge stations. That number will soon exceed 700 with the 50 additional stations that will be installed as part of the BMW/Nissan partnership.
The EVgo network currently consists of 668 dual-port (CHAdeMO & Combo) 50kW DC Fast charge stations and will soon increase by another 50 with the BMW / Nissan partnership that was announced yesterday. BMW had previously partnered with Volkswagen and ChargePoint to install roughly 100 DC Fast Charge stations for the East Coast & West Coast Express Charging Corridors which were completed in 2016 and has expressed the willingness to partner with any OEM willing to invest in EV charging infrastructure.


Complete details for the ChargeNow by EVgo program can be found on BMW’s ChargeNow USA website.

1 comment:

  1. So, if we have an older i3, or one not from BMW direct, we won't get the ChargeNow benefits? We can use EVgo or Chargepoint, but will pay normal rates.

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