Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America has opened one of its largest fast-charging parks to date. The charging station is located in Santa Clara, California, and hosts 14 HPC piles with outputs of between 150 and 350 kW under solar canopies.
Santa Clara’s new fast-charging station is located in the car park of the Westfield shopping centre Valley Fair, which is an important cooperation partner of the VW subsidiary. Other Electrify America charging parks are already in operation at Westfield locations in Los Angeles, Culver City, Roseville, Arcadia (all California) and Skokie in Illinois, and by the end of 2022, there will be EA charging stations at 17 of the operator’s shopping centres.
“This premier charging station, with one of our largest offerings of chargers and solar canopy technology, is another step in Electrify America’s journey to provide a seamless and innovative EV charging experience for consumers, while also taking measures to reduce the impact on the electrical grid,” said Anthony Lambkin, senior director of operations at Electrify America. “We are excited to bring this quality charging experience to Westfield customers in the heart of Silicon Valley.”
The solar panels on the roof charge a battery storage system. The electricity stored in this system is used to cap peak loads during high usage periods, which of course minimises the impact on the local power grid.
In true drive-in American style, the new Santa Clar charging station will have a special offer: if electric vehicle drivers are not intending to use the time it takes their vehicle to charge by shopping in the shopping centre, then they can order food from the centre’s restaurants which will be delivered right to their vehicle. This service is to be extended to other Westfield locations.
Electrify America says it has so far installed more than 830 HPC chargers at 200 locations in California alone. Across the US, Electrify America offers nearly 2,900 DC stations at more than 670 locations to date. By the end of 2025, the VW subsidiary aims to have more than 1,700 locations with 9,500 charging stations in the US. This would increase the average from the current 4.3 charging points per location to 5.6.
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