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BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint will develop faster EV charging units

Automakers BMW and Volkswagen team up with ChargePoint to research and develop faster electric vehicle charging technology
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:44 pm

German auto manufacturers BMW and Volkswagen have announced a new effort to team up with ChargePoint to develop new fast-charging stations. The new EV charging stations would be designed for plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles - which are growing in popularity in the United States.




"Most people will rarely use it, but knowing it is there seems to remove a big purchase barrier" for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road, according to Tom Gage, electric vehicle charging specialist.


ChargePoint currently operates more than 20,000 charging ports throughout North America - and creating custom agreements with automakers can help expand that reach. BMW recently unveiled its i3 and Volkswagen showed off its e-Golf, with both automakers understanding there will be minimal interest unless drivers have an increased number of locations to charge their vehicles.


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