Volkswagen’s diesel-gate redemption subsidiary has announced the completion of 120 fast-charging stations installed at Walmart locations across 34 states. While no specific final number was announced, the partners announced plans to continue expanding the EV charging network.
Inside sources stated that Electrify America would build 180 more of the charging stations at Walmart stores by the end of this year. The Walmart chargers feature charging capacities between 150 kW and 350 kW DC for high power charging.
Mark Vanderhelm, vice president for energy at Walmart added: “We anticipate the use of EVs will continue to rise and we want to put in the infrastructure to accommodate that.” For VW the use is clear as the day as the company is pushing for electric cars, mostly with HPC capability.
In terms of payment, Electrify America opened access to its app this month reportedly and also included pricing policies. Memberships such as the Electrify America Pass and the Electrify America Pass+ cover 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. More so, pricing is dependent on the speed of charging and Electrify America offers three levels, from 1-75 kW, 1-125 kW and 1-350 kW at its charging stations in the USA.
Over in Europe, Volkswagen has also announced to set up charging infrastructure as the Group plans to install 36,000 charging points in Europe by 2025.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.