Daimler invests in ChargePoint to develop electric-car charging in Europe, joins BMW

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Mercedes-Benz Technology EQ idea, 2016 Paris auto present
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As automakers produce electrical automobiles in better numbers, public
charging infrastructure will turn out to be much more essential to lure
new patrons and persuade them the automobiles may be sensible.

Some automakers have already invested in charging
infrastructure, whereas others are simply beginning to ponder
public charging stations for the electrical automobiles they plan to
launch.

Because it prepares a serious enlargement of electric-car gross sales,
Mercedes-Benz father or mother Daimler has now invested in charging
community ChargePoint.

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Daimler led an funding spherical that raised $82 million,
introduced this morning, that can go towards increasing
ChargePoint’s operations in Europe.

A press launch notes that BMW’s i Ventures funding arm additionally
participated in that funding spherical, and had invested in
ChargePoint previous to that.

Daimler now sells solely small numbers of electrical automobiles, however its
Mercedes-Benz division plans to launch 10 all-electric fashions
by 2025 below a brand new “EQ” sub-brand, a counterpart to BMW i.

Final yr, Daimler and BMW, together with Ford and the Volkswagen
Group’s Audi and Porsche manufacturers, dedicated to creating a brand new
community of DC fast-charging stations in Europe.

That community will quantity 400 stations by 2020, all utilizing the
Mixed Charging Commonplace protocol adopted by the automakers
concerned.

With this venture and the ChargePoint funding, Daimler appears
to be echoing BMW’s strategy to charging-infrastructure
enlargement.

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dual-standard websites open

That includes relying totally on partnerships with community
operators and different carmakers, relatively than going it alone.

BMW’s ChargeNow card offers clients entry to the ChargePoint
and EVgo charging networks.

The German automaker additionally partnered with ChargePoint and VW and
EVgo and Nissan on U.S. charging-infrastructure initiatives.

Nissan has funded public charging infrastructure within the U.S.
for the longest time. It has provided restricted free charging to
Leaf patrons by its “No Cost to Cost” program for about
three years now.

VW’s charging-infrastructure technique has advanced following the
settlement of its diesel-emissions scandal.

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BMW (Sep 2016)

The automaker’s “Electrify America” plan will put $2 billion
towards U.S. zero-emission-vehicle infrastructure over 10 years,
as a part of the penalty for the diesel scandal.

A few of that infrastructure could embrace hydrogen fueling
stations, and Volkswagen will personal all of it.

BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electrical automobiles utilizing Mixed
Charging System (CCS) DC quick charging
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In the meantime, Tesla has set the usual for a unified,
frictionless automaker-backed charging infrastructure.

It continues to develop its community of DC fast-charging stations
utilizing the proprietary Supercharger commonplace, and is including
slower 240-volt Stage 2 “vacation spot charging” stations as
nicely.

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On the different finish of the spectrum, Normal Motors is not going to fund
any DC fast-charging infrastructure for the Chevrolet Bolt EV
that it launched in December.

The 238-mile Bolt EV contains CCS quick charging, however GM
executives mentioned final yr that the automaker will not fund
charging websites.

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