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Automotive Titans Unite to Power Up EV Charging Network in North America!

Image of BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis Create EV Charging Network with the caption "We Charge North America."
  • Seven major automakers are creating a high-powered EV charging network in North America with at least 30,000 chargers by 2030.
  • The network will be open to all EVs, using both CCS and Tesla NACS connectors, to boost EV adoption.
  • Stations will offer seamless, renewable-powered charging along highways and in cities, making the EV experience more convenient and accelerating the green transition.

In a groundbreaking move, a formidable alliance of automotive giants, including BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis, has joined forces to create a game-changing EV charging network across North America. With an ambitious plan to install at least 30,000 high-speed EV chargers by 2030, this collaboration aims to revolutionize the EV experience for millions of drivers.

The joint venture intends to scatter charging stations strategically along US and Canadian highways, as well as in urban environments, ensuring that EV owners can charge conveniently whenever and wherever they need to. These stations will be placed not only at traditional charging hubs but also along routes to vacation spots and major metropolitan areas, making road trips and daily commutes a breeze for electric vehicle users.


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Electrify Expo attendee test driving a Chrysler Pacifica

A Seamless, App-Free Experience for All Electric Vehicle Users

One of the key motivations behind this grand collaboration is to enhance the overall charging experience for EV users. Currently, many charging networks suffer from issues like the need for multiple apps and unreliable service. To tackle these problems, the joint venture plans to offer a seamless charging experience, with all participating automakers’ EV models connecting and charging effortlessly without the need for multiple apps.


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GM CEO Mary Barra expresses her optimism, stating, “The better experience people have, the faster EV adoption will grow.” This approach aims to rival the well-regarded Tesla Supercharger network, which will also be available to other automakers’ vehicles without the hassle of additional apps.


Green and Inclusive: A Sustainable Charging Network for North America’s EV Future

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BMW iX Electric SUV displayed at Electrify Expo

The automakers are not only focused on convenience but also on sustainability. The new charging network will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Whether they harness renewable energy directly or utilize credits, this green approach aligns with the collective commitment to combat climate change and transition to greener transportation alternatives.

The charging network is open to all battery-powered EVs from any automaker, featuring both the widely-used Combined Charging System (CCS) and Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS) connectors. This inclusivity aims to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles across North America, accommodating the increasing demand for fast and reliable public charging as EV adoption rises.


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With the joint venture expected to be established this year, the first charging stations are set to open in the US during the summer of 2024. While Canadians may have to wait for a bit longer, they can anticipate their turn in the near future.


Driving the Future: Pioneering an Extensive and Customer-Centric EV Charging Network

Photo of James Silvester’s concept of an EV charging station that won first prize through Electric Autonomy Canada
James Silvester’s concept of an EV charging station that won first prize through Electric Autonomy Canada

As the EV market continues to grow, reliable and extensive charging infrastructure becomes a necessity. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that around 182,000 DC fast chargers will be needed by 2030 to support the expected 30-42 million EVs on the road. By creating this best-in-class charging network, the automotive super friends are laying the groundwork for widespread EV adoption and a more sustainable future.

The joint venture also prioritizes customer comfort and charging ease. In addition to convenient locations, charging stations will offer amenities like canopies, restrooms, food services, and retail operations. A selection of flagship stations will take the charging experience to a whole new level, showcasing the future of charging while enhancing the overall EV ownership experience.


Founding CEOs Envision a High-Speed EV Charging Network to Accelerate EV Adoption and Achieve Carbon Neutrality

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Photo of a man looking at White Kia Niro EV at Electrify Expo

The founding partners of the joint venture shared their thoughts on this transformative collaboration:

BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse says, “Accessibility to high-speed charging is one of the key enablers to accelerate this transition. Therefore, seven automakers are forming this joint venture with the goal of creating a positive charging experience for EV consumers.”


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Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe emphasizes, “This joint venture will be a critical step in accelerating EV adoption across the U.S. and Canada and supporting our efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.”

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares envisions, “A charging network at scale is vital to protecting freedom of mobility for all, especially as we work to achieve our ambitious carbon neutrality plan.”


Revolutionizing EV Adoption with a Vast Charging Network Across North America

Photo of two Hyundai Ioniq N EVs.
Photo of two Hyundai Ioniq N EVs

With nearly 8,700 direct-current, fast-charging stations already available in the US and Canada, and the new network aiming to add 10 to 20 charging plugs per station, EV adoption is set to soar. This collaboration is sure to instill confidence in consumers, demonstrating that electric vehicles are now more accessible and practical for everyday use.

As the automotive super friends unite to build a robust charging network across North America, the future of electric vehicles looks brighter than ever. With a focus on elevating the charging experience, expanding charging infrastructure, and promoting sustainability, this joint venture is paving the way for a greener and more electrified future.


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