Nissan and EVgo have revealed a plan to connect Boston and Washington D.C. via nine electric-vehicle DC fast-charge sites. Unveiled at the opening ceremony of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the plan will deliver a robust charging infrastructure along I-95, providing EV owners peace of mind when driving along the route. The Northeast charging route is slated to be on-line this fall.
The “I-95 Fast Charge ARC” is already under construction. Covering the 500-mile span between the two cities, the nine sites and 50 total charging stations will have a capability of charging four or more EVs simultaneously at a power output of 50kW. The charging sites have been designed with future advances in EV technologies in mind, and have been pre-wired for a high-power charging power output of up to 150kW with simple upgrades once such technology is available to consumers.
“Regardless of range capability, a convenient fast-charge infrastructure along high-traffic routes is imperative in the mass-adoption of electric vehicles,” said JeSean Hopkins, senior manager, EV infrastructure strategy & business development, Nissan North America, Inc. “This element of the EV equation is seemingly overlooked by others, but we’re all-in. Following a similar project in California, this is our second ‘corridor’ project in the U.S. and completion is expected in time for the launch of the all-new Nissan LEAF.”
“This charging corridor will provide the best public charging experience available in the U.S. to drivers in one of the most densely populated and highly trafficked routes in the country, affirming Nissan’s commitment to EV drivers,” said Rob Barrosa, vice president, OEM strategy & business development at EVgo. “The sites are also designed to accommodate 150kW high-power charging, paving the way for charging the next generation of EVs on the East Coast.”
Each station will feature both CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charging outlets as a part of Nissan’s inclusive “Infrastructure for All” initiative. When plugged into a DC fast charger, a Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.
As the global leader in EV sales, Nissan has played a leading role in growing the number of DC fast-charging stations in the U.S., to more than 2,100 CHAdeMO connections to date. As a part of the “Infrastructure for All” initiative, Nissan also played a key role in the 1,200-plus CCS DC fast-charge connections, and more than 38,000 Level 2 chargers installed across the country.
The goal of the “I-95 Fast-Charge ARC” is to create a true inter-city charging network to encourage long-distance EV travel along the Northeastern seaboard. The corridor represents the newest addition to EVgo’s network of more than 900 EV fast-charging stations in more than 600 locations.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.2 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and Mitsubishi Motors since 2016 under the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
EVgo currently operates the largest public fast-charge network in the United States, with over 900 fast chargers in 66 of the top-selling automotive markets in the U.S., and supports all current charging standards. EVgo provides exemplary service because it owns and operates its charging stations, and utilizes a variety of flexible charging plans for drivers including pay-as-you-go, low-cost membership charging plans and unlimited charging plans for customers of automaker partners. Connect with EVgo on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.