The Volkswagen-Owned Electrify America Plans Expansion Of Charging Network
RESTON, VA - July 15, 2021: NACSonline reported that Electrify America, the largest open direct-current, fast-charging network in the U.S., has announced its “Boost Plan” to more than double its current electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the United States and Canada by late 2025, the company reports.
Since May 2018, Electrify America has installed an average of four stations each week, and the company wants to have more than 1,800 fast-charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers operating within four years. The expansion will increase the deployment of 150 and 350 kilowatt chargers—the fastest speed currently available—and help pave the way for more EVs in North America.
Building upon Electrify America’s current two cross-country and two coastal routes for cross-country travel, part of this expansion will add a new EV charging highway to the upper Midwest. The company said the additional investment will enhance and grow current ultra-fast charging stations in cities where Electrify America already operates, as well as expand offerings in regions such as the California Central and San Joaquin Valleys and new cities such as Austin, Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In addition, Electrify America will add chargers in Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and Vermont, expanding Electrify America’s network to 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The new plan boosts the company’s previous commitment to invest $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access nationwide. In addition to enhancing its existing U.S. network, Electrify America will expand its Electrify Canada charging network, which began installations in 2019. Electrify Canada will increase its current commitment of 32 stations to more than 100 charging locations and 500 chargers over the next 4.5 years and will install stations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
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