The Volkswagen subsidiary, which was brought to life as atonement for the diesel scandal, has announced a new app to be released this month, as well as two new membership policies. Charging prices are also to be updated.
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Electrify America is reporting a number of updates relating to their charging services. To start with, the company has developed a new app that combines all functions: In future, users will be able to find chargers via smartphone, follow the progress of the charging process on the display, as well as pay. The VW subsidiary is also introducing new memberships: the Electrify America Pass and the Electrify America Pass+. While the former covers the usual minute costs plus one dollar per charging process, the latter offers a basic monthly price of four dollars with a lower minute price.
And while on the subject of pricing: Electrify America announced that they would change the pricing structure at charging points as follows: In the future, the company will differentiate between three power levels: 0 to 75 kW, 76 to 125 kW and 126 to 350 kW. The charge is per minute, whereby the price per minute varies according to the location and charging capacity of the car. The exact prices should be published at about the same time as the app and the new memberships. Currently, Electrify America charges between 30 and 35 cents per minute plus one dollar base cost per charge.
By the end of the year, the company plans to have installed around 2,000 high performance chargers in the USA. Recently, Electrify America also provided details of the second phase of its U.S.-wide charging infrastructure build-up plan, which requires $300 million over 30 months and will begin in July.
In the press release, the company also added minor development updates regarding short term development plans: “The company plans to install, or have under development 484 charging stations with more than 2,000 DC fast chargers by the end of 2019. The stations are located in 17 metropolitan areas, and along high-traffic corridors in 42 states and the District of Columbia.”
Update 04.06.2019: Electrify America has now released an app to go with their charging network, as well as updated membership options and introduced a new pricing structure: The app’s functions are fairly standard: locating, paying for and monitoring charging stations and progress are all included. The new pricing structure is oriented towards vehicles with higher charge capacities. Three levels, from 1-75 kW, 1-125 kW and 1-350 kW are now on offer, and charge by the minute for vehicle charging.