VW's Electrify America to install 2,000 EV chargers across 484 stations

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 05 May 2018

Electrify America, an eco-friendly initiative created by the Volkswagen Group of America to invest $2 billion in financially sustainable business opportunities that advance the use of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) technology, in the USA is aggressively growing its plan to develop the EV charging network in the country.

According toi an Electrek report, Electrify America plans to deploy several charging networks, like the plan for California, which includes installing ultra-fast 320 kW chargers, and the plan for the whole country, which includes a ‘nationwide 150 kW+ fast charging network’.

Electrify America, which is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, will invest $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment aims to enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the buildout of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable.

Earlier this week, the company unveiled its planned EV charging network in the US, which is indicative of the speed at which it aims to get American motorists to plug into electric mobility.


ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet to supply 2,000 chargers
In mid-April, Electrify America announced that it had selected key charging equipment suppliers – ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet – to jointly deploy its new ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging systems throughout the United States. 

The charging equipment suppliers will share delivery of more than 2,000 chargers across 484 stations in the U.S. The charging systems will offer the first-ever certified cooled-cable 150/350 kilowatt (kW) DC Fast Charger. EV chargers that offer this kind of power deliver energy for up to 20 miles /32 kilometres of range per minute of charge at 350kW, which is seven times faster than today’s 50kW DC chargers. 

All these 2,000-plys EV charging stations are set to be “operational or under construction at 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 states by the end of 2019 as part of its Cycle One infrastructure investment.”

“These state-of-the-art chargers will provide the latest in charging technology for today’s electric vehicles and  those expected in the future that will feature larger batteries,” said Mark McNabb, president and CEO of Electrify America. “We want to be sure that our systems are prepared for this growing market, and ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet will help us deliver chargers that are ultra-fast, convenient, reliable and future-proof.”

With a focus on both future and present-day EVs, Electrify America’s charging systems will have a range in power from 50kW, the most commonly used fast charging for electric vehicles today, up to 350kW for its highway stations. The Electrify America systems will also offer DC Fast Chargers ranging from 50kW to 150kW for metro locations. An L2 AC charger will also be offered at a majority of metro DC fast charging stations to accommodate plug-in hybrids and non-DC-charge capable EVs.

All charging stations will offer a CHAdeMO1 (50kW) connector, plus additional dual-handle chargers with CCS1 (50 to 150kW or350 kW) connectors, ensuring that all fast charging capable cars will be able to use the Electrify America stations. Metropolitan charging stations will have three to six chargers with CCS1 connectors, while highway stations will offer four to ten. 

The chargers have been custom-designed for Electrify America and have several advanced features including liquid-cooled cables. This is the first time that liquid cooled CCS1 charging cables have received certification. The cooling is a key factor in enabling higher-amperage charging without a significant increase in the cable thickness for charging power at and above 150kW from 350 amps.   


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