For an electric car driver figuring out where the next charging station is located is a real concern. Drivers are accustomed to be able to find gas stations whenever they need them, but it’s still a different story when it comes to charging electric cars.
Now electric cars will be free to drive up the west coast and the northeast corridor for the first time, since the long stretches of highway did not have the charging capabilities before now.
Both BMW and Volkswagen have partnered with a startup called ChargePoint with the goal of installing 100 high-speed charging stations on heavy traffic routes. Putting these new charging stations in California is also crucial since California residents buy about half of the electric cars in the country.
The chargers are now spaced about 50 miles apart, and will make it easier for drives to get to tourist destinations with locations on roads that branch off of larger highways.
Pat Romano, the CEO of ChargePoint explained their goal as follows.
“Our mission is to get everyone into an EV, and as the number of EVs on the road increases, we’re building features that ensure charging and driving an EV is a seamless experience.”