Major automakers plan to ‘leverage public and private funds’ to install electric vehicle charging network around North America

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Seven car manufacturing giants are planning a joint effort to bolster electric vehicle charging infrastructure by installing a network of charging locations around North America.

BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Group, and Stellantis NV are the companies involved in the plan. A press release notes that the effort will “leverage public and private funds.”

“The joint venture will include the development of a new, high-powered charging network with at least 30,000 chargers to make zero-emission driving even more attractive for millions of customers,” the press release states. “With the generational investments in public charging being implemented on the Federal and State level, the joint venture will leverage public and private funds to accelerate the installation of high-powered charging for customers.”

The plan is for the charging network to run off of renewable energy. It is anticipated that the first charging locations will open next summer.

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“The first stations are expected to open in the United States in the summer of 2024 and in Canada at a later stage,” the press release notes. “In line with the sustainability strategies of all seven automakers, the joint venture intends to power the charging network solely by renewable energy.”

While traditional cars can quickly fill up at gas stations, electric vehicle charging is a much slower process. For instance, while filling up a typical sedan’s gas tank may take just a couple of minutes, Tesla, a popular electric vehicle manufacturer, says that Superchargers can provide up to 200 miles of range in 15 minutes.

“The fight against climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. What we need now is speed – across political, social and corporate boundaries,” Mercedes-Benz Group CEO Ola Källenius, said, according to the press release. “To accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, we’re in favor of anything that makes life easier for our customers. Charging is an inseparable part of the EV-experience, and this network will be another step to make it as convenient as possible.”

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