Infrastructure, Storage

Convenience at Heart of New US Ultra-Fast EV Charging Network

Electrify America today said it will install a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at locations across the U.S. that have been chosen specifically for everyday charging convenience.

The Volkswagen division is planning to put 100 of the charging stations at retail, convenience and refueling locations via partnerships with companies such as Target and Casey’s General Stores Inc.

“These partnerships allow for more convenient charging opportunities for EV drivers,” Mark McNabb, president and CEO of Electrify America, said in a statement. “We’re purposefully placing our charging stations in locations where people already go, where they are needed, and in places that offer the best customer amenities, such as shopping and food, so that electric vehicle charging is easier and more appealing.”

Volkswagen launched Electrify America under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board following “dieselgate” in 2015. The chargers are part of Electrify America’s first $500 million, Cycle 1 investment in EV charging infrastructure, education and access in the U.S. Four investment cycles are planned over the next decade.

All the chargers in this Cycle 1 investment will be installed or under development by the end of the cycle in June 2019, according to Electrify America, which also said Brixmor Property Group’s Chicopee Marketplace, in Chicopee, Mass., will be the first location to install an Electrify America charging system.

Electrify America last week said it will install EV chargers at about 100 Walmart locations in 34 states by June 2019, more than doubling the number of chargers at U.S. Walmart locations.

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