Nissan and EVgo have completed the installation of a series of nine electric vehicle fast charging stations along 500 miles of the I-95 corridor in the Northeastern corner of the United States.
The completion of the Northeast fast charging corridor provides a comprehensive charging infrastructure, offers owners of electric vehicle peace of mind and convenience when travelling the heavily-traveled corridor, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C.
Fear of “running out of electrons” is often cited as one of the primary reasons consumers shy away from purchasing or leasing battery-electric vehicles even though the range of EVs is gradually improving. Price is also a major factor inhibiting the growth of electric vehicle sales, according to analysts but the need for charging capacity remains a major factor in limiting sales of EVs.
However, manufacturers are under pressure to find ways to sell more EVs and contributing to construction of a broad charging network.
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“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.,” said Brian Maragno, director, EV sales and marketing, Nissan North America Inc.
“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,” he said.
Each fast charging station along I-95 can charge up to four or more EVs simultaneously at a power output of 50kW. The stations have also been designed and constructed to adapt to future advances in EV technology, including pre-wiring for higher charging outputs to allow easy upgrading to 150kW fast chargers, officials from the two companies said.
Owners of Nissan Leaf can charge their vehicles up to 80% in only 30 to 40 minutes when using one of the DC outlets.
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“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.,” said Cathy Zoi, the CEO of EVgo.
“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.”
As part of the initiative, all charging stations feature both CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System fast charging outlets providing access to all EVs available today with fast charging capability.
As part of Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program, owners of Nissan Leaf models can charge their vehicle for up to 30 minutes charging at no cost at any participating fast-charge station. Leaf owners are eligible for this program for two years following their time of vehicle purchase.
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The I-95 Fast Charging ARC is the newest addition to EVgo’s charging network that includes more than 1,000 fast charging stations spanning 34 states.