Volkswagen to install 2000 fast chargers across U.S. by end of 2019

Brenda Watkins
April 20, 2018

The company is investing 2 billion USA dollars over the next 10 years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education to deploy more than 2,000 chargers across 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 US states.

Tesla isn't the only company developing convenient electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions.

"More than 100 Walmart stores" will be home to Electrify America's "ultra-fast" charging stations.

This partnership isn't just about increasing the number of charging stations available to EV owners, though. That's seven times faster than an average 50 kW charger.

Creating a national network of fast charging stations - the EV equivalent of fueling stations - is considered crucial for widespread adoption of electric cars in the United States. "Providing this service is the right thing to do for our customers, our business and the environment". Among some prospective consumers, "range anxiety" - wondering if they will find someplace to recharge their batteries during a road trip - continues to be a deterrent when it comes to electric vehicles.

When the full Volkswagen-backed network of chargers is complete, it will connect along the Interstate 80 corridor, which stretches from Teaneck, New Jersey, to San Francisco, and link 17 major metropolitan areas including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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ABB has provided charging solutions as part of its drive to promote sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 6,000 cloud connected DC fast-chargers around the world for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

This move on VW's part is ultimately a positive one for the growth of electric vehicle community.

The Walmart stations also will have at least one Level 2 AC chargers for vehicles that can not plug into quick-chargers. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products.

Earlier this week, Electrify America announced it has turned to ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet to provide its charger technology.

Clusters of four to 10 chargers will be installed at the Walmart charging stations. Plus, it's in Nissan's and BMW's best interest to drum up sales of their EV offerings like the Leaf, i3 and other plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The key difference between VW's charging network and Tesla's supercharger network lies in their locations.

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