The Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America has reached a milestone in the development of its US-wide fast-charging network for electric cars. Over 500 locations with a total of 2,200 DC charging points and charging capacities between 150 and 350 kW are now in operation.
By the end of 2021, the Volkswagen subsidiary will expand the Electrify America fast-charging network to around 800 locations with about 3,500 charging points. Electrify America calculates that since they opened the first rapid charging station in May 2018, they opened an average of almost four stations per week.
When the Cross-Country Route #1 was opened at the end of June, the charging provider was still talking about 1,900 charging points at 435 locations. Since then, 20 weeks have passed, and 65 stations with over 300 charging points have been added.
“Electrify America is raising the bar when it comes to the high-speed charging experience needed to expedite the transition to an electric future,” said Giovanni Palazzo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Electrify America. “In just over two years, we’ve made great progress in expanding our network while maintaining a deliberate focus on delivering the fastest charging speeds possible – 150kW and 350kW.”
In the summer, Electrify America completed its first two fast-charging corridors through the USA. The Cross-Country Route #1 stretches over eleven states and more than 2,700 miles (4,345 kilometres) between Los Angeles and Washington D.C. and offers fast-charging with up to 350 kW. The corridor’s charging stations are on average about 70 miles (112 kilometres) apart. The Cross-Country Route #2 runs further south, from Jacksonville in Florida along the Gulf Coast through Texas and then follows the Mexican border into the San Diego area.
Electrify America was founded in 2017 in the wake of the diesel scandal. In a settlement, Volkswagen had committed itself to invest two billion US dollars in the development of a store network for electric cars.