Electrify America has announced a deal with Love’s Travel Stops, an American chain of service stations, to install ultra-fast charging stations at seven locations in six states across the US.
The seven charging sites, located in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Florida, New York and Arizona, will have a combined 28 E.V. chargers and be available for public use by early 2021. However, Electrify America says five locations are already open that help the V.W. subsidiary to tighten its network.
“As we continue building charging stations at accessible sites, Love’s Travel Stops was a perfect fit because of its convenient locations near major highways,” said Rachel Moses, senior manager for site acquisition, development and strategy at Electrify America.
The most recent opening at a Love station in Salina, Utah, helped complete a cross-country route of Electrify America chargers spanning from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. as reported. It is the first rapid-charging route for the V.W. subsidiary. The corridor’s charging stations are about 70 miles apart on average.
For the new partnership with Love, chargers range in power from 150 kW to 350 kW, thus enabling rapid or high power charging depending on the location. Electric vehicles capable of accepting a 350 kW charge can add up to 20 miles of range per minute.
Across America, Volkswagen’s subsidiary is also represented with inner-city rapid charging stations. According to the company, the charging network currently comprises over 1,900 DC charging points. A further 100 locations are under development.
By the end of 2021, Electrify America plans to have 800 charging stations with 3,500 fast-charging points across the United States. Last year, the company said it opened 1.2 charging stations per day. Volkswagen founded Electrify America in 2017 in the wake of the diesel scandal. In a settlement, VW was ordered to invest two billion dollars in the development of an open charging network for electric cars across the USA and is also active in Canada.
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