CBRE installs 1100 charging stations for Electrify America


In cooperation with SemaConnect, CBRE have installed 1100 charging stations in 15 US cities for Volkswagen’s Electrify America. The charging stations were installed in 215 workplace and apartment buildings across eleven states and Washington DC.

The SemaConnect Network enables property managers to recoup energy costs through a credit-card payment system. The property manager then controls who has access to the station. The station gives EV drivers the ability to view station status on a map and get mobile alerts when their vehicle has been adequately charged.

“CBRE’s scale and expertise in project management, facility management and leasing proved invaluable for identifying viable properties and procuring electrical contractors within budget. The result was a streamlined site approval process,” said Mark Pastrone, COO, SemaConnect.

The installations were completed in Boston, Chicago, Fresno, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, New York/ New Jersey, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle and Washington DC.

“Collaboration between SemaConnect and CBRE is helping real estate owners, managers and tenants understand their role in growing EV adoption across the U.S. by providing reliable and trusted charging infrastructure as a tenant amenity,” said Curt Grantham, Americas President of Project Management at CBRE. “Our turnkey delivery approach kept the program on schedule with no risk to Electrify America.”

Electrify America has provided the level 2 charging solutions to free of charge. The charging stations are then owned by the properties for the remainder of their lifetime.

Volkswagen was required to found Electrify America in the wake of the diesel scandal. The subsidiary is investing $2 billion over ten years in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, which includes the purchase and installation of charging stations as well as charging station maintenance for up to 10 years.


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