Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of a settlement with US regulators over its diesel emissions fraud scandal, said it will double the number of its electric vehicle fast charging stations in the United States and Canada by the end of 2025.
The commitment, if successful, means that 1,800 fast charging stations – or 10,000 individual chargers – will be installed and operational by that time. The vast majority (about 1,700 stations) will be installed in the United States, with the remainder in Canada. This will build on EA’s plan to have about 800 charging stations and about 3,500 individual chargers in the US by the end of 2021. To date, Electrification America has installed 635 charging stations in the United States.
The plan is part of parent company VW Group’s announcement on Monday to ramp up public charging infrastructure in North America, Asia and Europe. The expansion aims to increase the number of 150 and 350 kWh chargers, or fast chargers. Neither VW nor EA disclosed how much money would be spent to roll out this new plan. However, an EA spokesperson confirmed that the company will spend more than the $2 billion already committed to invest in clean energy infrastructure over a 10-year period that began in 2017.
According to a statement by Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO of Electrify America, the decision to double its charging infrastructure in North America was driven by the expectation of rapid growth of electric vehicles by almost all automakers.
The EV market was once the primary domain of Tesla, Nissan Leaf and GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EVs. And while the majority of vehicles on the road today are gas and diesel-powered, a growing number of other EV models are on the way to, or be on the market for, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Porsche Taycan and Cross Turismo versions. , Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar I-Pace, Rivian R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV and VW ID. 4.
Electrify America’s initial plan was to invest more than $2 billion over a 10-year period in clean energy infrastructure and education. Of that funding, some $800 million was earmarked for California, the largest EV market in North America. This latest boost will be used to push chargers to established EV regions in the US such as California, as well as to new states including Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and Vermont.
Following similar efforts to promote cross-country travel, the company is also adding a Charger to a section of highway in the Upper Midwest. Auxiliary Electrification Canada will expand its network to nine provinces, including Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Electrification Canada will also add more stations in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, four provinces that already exist.