CHARGEPOINT ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING CORRIDORS | UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, is transforming the
transportation industry by providing the charging stations, mobile app and the network that allow
people to charge their cars everywhere they go. Its smart-energy management solutions help people
and businesses shift from fueling with gasoline to fueling with electricity. With over 25,000
charging spots across the country and by adding up to 100 charging stations in “express
charging corridors” on the east and west coasts of the United States of America, drivers can
easily connect to a network of EV chargers, accelerating the transition away from fossil
ChargePoint is the largest, and most open EV charging network in the world, with more than
25,000 spots to plug-in and charge
ChargePoint stations have delivered more than 12 million charging sessions and 88 gigawatt
hours of energy
ChargePoint has enabled EV drivers to avoid more than 35 million kilograms of CO2 and 41
million litres of gasoline, while driving more than 430 million gas-free kilometres
The ChargePoint mobile app allows drivers to find available stations, start a charging session,
check charging status and view their charging history
Across the United States of America, transportation is responsible for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions;
in California, the percentage is even higher, at nearly 40%. The more electric vehicles on the road, the
fewer greenhouse gas emissions will be produced.
With more than 350,000 EVs sold in the United States, EV owners need more charging flexibility while on the
go. Because of limited EV ranges and a lack of fast chargers, drivers have so far been unable to engage in
ChargePoint, together with BMW and Volkswagen, is creating ICT-enabled express charging corridors to
provide EV drivers access to fast chargers along the most heavily populated and highly trafficked regions
on the east and west coasts of the United States.
The fast chargers allow EV drivers to “gulp” energy when needed, similar to the way a
traditional driver fuels his or her vehicle. Providing the flexibility to engage in this kind of EV
charging eases the transition from fueling with gasoline to fueling with electricity.
Each fast charging location along the express charging corridors will include up to two 50 kW DC Fast
chargers, or 24 kW DC Combo Fast chargers with the SAE Combo connector, used in both BMW and Volkswagen
electric vehicles as well as many other electric vehicles. Those chargers can bring a vehicle up to 80%
power in less than 30 minutes.
As part of the ChargePoint network, drivers using the express corridors will be able to use a mobile app
that allows them to find available stations, start a charging session with just one tap, get real-time
updates about charging status and view charging history. Because the Fast Chargers along the express
charging corridors are all networked, drivers will be able to easily navigate to other chargers based on
their need, availability and schedule flexibility.
As more and more people transition to fueling with electricity, the accessibility of ICT-enabled fast
chargers allow people to integrate EV driving into their regular routines. Once drivers make the switch to
driving electric, many find that the cars – in addition to yielding lower greenhouse gas emissions
– are also better vehicles with more advanced features and technology. This evolution not only
represents a significant shift away from fueling with gasoline, but it also enables more intelligent energy
management solutions now and into the future.
Helping the planet
Enabling EV drivers to engage in long-distance travel virtually eliminates the need for traditional
gasoline. The express charging corridors not only benefit EV drivers, but their ability to support
widespread EV adoption. As more EVs replace traditional vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions from
transportation will continue to fall.
ChargePoint reduces “range anxiety” – one of the largest barriers to EV adoption. The
express charging corridors will create “range confidence” and facilitate long-distance EV
travel. The ability to start and stop charging remotely and to chart a path to the next fast charger also
make it easier and more convenient to integrate long-distance electric driving into an EV owner’s
regular lifestyle. This reliability helps overcome the barriers to EV adoption.
Increasing the density of these express charging stations – particularly in response to increased EV
adoption – can have an even greater impact on driver behavior and EV adoption. Just within
California, for example, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that as many as 775 Fast
Chargers could be needed by 2020 to support robust EV growth.
Although the main beneficiaries of the express charging corridors are current EV drivers, the project has
the potential to increase EV adoption by reducing barriers that make it difficult or impractical for people
to make the switch to fueling with electricity.
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