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General Motors and BMW Happy with New DC Quick Charger – Automotive News

The biggest problem with an electric future no longer seems to be wheezy, glorified golf carts. It’s the infrastructure because, let’s face it, it’s a lot easier to pump gas for five minutes than plug in an electric car for four hours. Tesla has decreased quick charging times from 45 minutes to 20 minutes or so recently with its supercharger stations. But what are the rest of the EV automakers doing?
They’re finalizing testing on “combination” charging stations that use existing direct-current car chargers with alternating-current adapters that they say can charge a BMW i3 or Chevrolet Spark EV to 80-percent capacity within 20 minutes. Both GM and BMW seem to be happy with the results thus far.
“This unprecedented cooperation among OEMs and equipment suppliers demonstrates the maturity of this important technology that will help speed the adoption of electric vehicles around the world,” said Britta Gross, GM director, advanced vehicle commercialization policy, in a statement.
“Our goal with this cooperation was to ensure that DC fast charging stations be available to provide BMW i3 customers the premium fast charging experience in time for the arrival of the BMW i3,” said Cliff Fietzek, manager connected e-Mobility at BMW of North America LLC, in a statement. “We are pleased that we will meet our goal.”

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