BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint edge out Tesla with EV charging network

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From autoweek:  US: 100 charging stations to be built along the coasts

Tesla founder Elon Musk knew getting people to switch from gasoline to electric-powered cars would be a difficult task. With the fear of running out of battery power on long trips lingering in people’s minds, Musk set up his Supercharger network across the country in high-traffic areas.

Now BMW and Volkswagen are getting in on the action.

The two companies are partnering with ChargePoint. They plan to set up 100 charging stations along the East and West coasts, hoping this will persuade more people to drive cars like the VW e-Golf and the BMW i3. Unlike Tesla’s charging systems that only work on Tesla vehicles, the new networks by BMW, VW and ChargePoint will work with DC fast-charging capable cars and cars that use the SAE Combo connector.

On the West Coast, the chargers will connect Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego; along the East Coast, they will run between Boston and Washington, D.C., on I-95. Cars can get up to 80 percent battery in about 20 or 30 minutes.

Level 2 chargers, which are most often used at home, will be paired with the units as a backup. The charge is slower, producing about 25 miles worth of range per hour.

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