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."
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