2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Electrify America (Volkswagen’s subsidiary that manages a $2 billion post-dieselgate charging infrastructure plan) has announced installation plans for 2,800 Level 2 charging station at workplaces (≈75%) and residential multi-unit dwellings (≈25%) across the U.S.

Installations are envisioned at ≈500 sites, in 17 of the biggest metropolitan areas (all with more than one charging station).

Typically the Level 2 charging station enables to replenish around 20-25 miles of driving range per hour.

The list of metropolitan areas (six in California):

  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland
  • Raleigh
  • Seattle
  • Washington, DC
The job will be conducted by three companies - SemaConnect, EV Connect and Greenlots - that were selected to build out, operate and maintain the stations.

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In addition, some 2,000 fast chargers in 39 states will be installed at highway locations no more than 120 miles apart.

The new infrastructure is to be ready by June 2019.

"Approximately 75% of the new charging station sites will be located at workplaces, with the remainder at apartment buildings, condominiums and other multi-family properties. This aligns with one of the goals for the Electrify America program which is to increase charging infrastructure at the workplace, the second most likely place a vehicle spends time parked. Employees with chargers at their workplace are six times more likely to drive a plug-in electric vehicle than the average worker, and chargers located at the workplace can potentially double an electric vehicle owner’s daily driving range.2

Joining Electrify America in this initiative are SemaConnect, EV Connect and Greenlots. These electric vehicle charging station industry leaders will work with property developers, office space facility managers and other real estate site hosts to install, operate and maintain charging stations, providing a unique benefit to workplace and residential property owners. The companies have committed to install 35% of all multi-family and workplace sites in California in designated low-income or disadvantaged community areas. Chargers installed under this program will be interoperable with the Electrify America charging network.

Workplace and multi-unit dwelling charging stations will be installed in six California metropolitan areas – Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose – as well as in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle and Washington, DC."

Mark McNabb, CEO of Electrify America said:

“One of the biggest barriers to the mass-market adoption of electric vehicles is access to chargers. Having chargers where people work – and live – will help them see that an electric vehicle can be their primary vehicle because charging is convenient and reliable at the places where they spend time.”