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BMW and GM team up to test fast charging

General Motors and BMW have teamed up in an effort advance the charging of electric cars: by ensuring that new DC Combo Fast Charge stations meet the SAE Standard.

Tests have been carried out on a BMW i3 (pictured) and a Chevrolet Spark EV in an effort to accelerate the roll-out of the fast charge infrastructure.

BMW i3

According to Cliff Fietzek, the manager of connected e-mobility at BMW North America, the company wanted to ensure that DC fast charging stations will be available to customers in time for the arrival of the BMW i3 in the marketplace. Also speaking about the collaboration was Britta Gross, the director of advanced vehicle commercialisation policy for General Motors, who described the co-operation as "unprecedented" and stated that it highlights the importance of the technology in speeding up the adoption of electric cars around the world.

Automakers, including both BMW and General Motors, as well as the likes of Chrysler, Daimler, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche and Ford, have all committed to the adoption of the SAE combo charge connector which is said to make it easier for the use of DC Fast Charging. It creates a single charge port and allows electricity to flow at an increased rate: making electric cars more convenient to use. It is estimated that with DC Fast Charging, electric vehicle owners could recharge a battery to 80 per cent capacity in just 20minutes.

Now, following on from the testing, the Chevrolet Spark EV and the BMW i3 will be the first vehicles to offer the new SAE Combo DC Fast Charge connector.

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Paul Lucas

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