VW’s diesel-gate subsidiary Electrify America announced the collaboration with nine additional companies to host more than 30 fast EV charging stations across the U.S. More than 20 of these will be located in California with another six states being added.
The charging stations are to be installed at a “variety of locations” of companies who have joined the VW subsidiary’s collaboration team, including supermarkets such as Kroger and The Save Mart; real estate investment trusts (REIT) including Federal Realty Investment Trust, Fulcrum, ShopCore, ValueRock Realty Partners, The Macerich Company and Washington Prime Group; and Pan-Cal Corporation.
While the majority of the new fast-charging stations will be built in California, charging sites will also be built at locations in six other states including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington.
“Electrify America is excited to work with this diverse set of companies as we accelerate the pace of electric vehicle charging station installations across the country,” said Rachel Moses. The senior manager site acquisition and development at Electrify America added that the sites had been carefully selected to appeal to a wide range of existing and future EV owners.
The company plans to have rolled out a total of 484 charging station sites in the US by July, or at least have them under construction, with the first phase of development concluding at the end of 2021, when the next phase begins.
Meanwhile, Hubject has announced a strategic cooperation with Electrify America, Volkswagen’s subsidiary founded in the wake of the diesel scandal in the USA for the purpose of establishing charging infrastructure. The main focus of the cooperation is on the implementation of standards. Strictly speaking, Hubject will support Electrify America in implementing the international ISO standard 15118 on the North American market, the most common application of which is known as Plug&Charge standard.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.