Electrify America selected two design-build firms - Black & Veatch and SAI Group - for design, permitting and construction of ultra-fast charging stations across the nation.

Electrify America (a subsidiary of Volkswagen) is building 484 stations with more than 2,000 DC fast chargers in the U.S. as part of first $500 million, Cycle 1 post dieselgate fulfillment. Over 10 years, $2 billion to be spent on the projects supporting electrification.

Stations are expected to be installed or under development by June 2019.

The two companies contracted for the infrastructure rollout will build the stations in different states:

Electrify America fast charging station

Electrify America fast charging station

"Black & Veatch, which specializes in the deployment of energy, water, telecommunications, and smart city infrastructure, has been awarded the site design and construction of Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging stations in 24 states in the Pacific Northwest, Mountain, Central, Midwest, Southeast Central and Southeast regions. Black & Veatch will also construct sites in California, where the company maintains a regional office and has created thousands of jobs.

SAI Group, which has performed work in Alaska, Hawaii, and most states in the continental United States, has been awarded design-build responsibilities for Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging stations in 16 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South-Central, and Southwest regions."

"Black & Veatch and SAI Group will serve as the general construction contractors at each site, selecting and overseeing subcontractors as necessary, to complete the projects on time and on budget."

Brendan Jones, chief operating officer of Electrify America said:

“Black & Veatch and SAI Group have exemplary safety records and a consistent history of completing complex projects. We’re confident that they are the right firms to help us construct a state-of-the-art fast charging network.”

Maryline Daviaud Lewett, director of business development for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business said:

“Electrify America has designed a high-power, national-scale EV charger network to promote clean transportation and enhance the adoption of electric cars across the United States. Our expertise in the engineering, permitting, and construction of DC fast charging infrastructure allows Electrify America to rapidly deploy this ground-breaking network providing EV owners with more zero-emission freedom and flexibility in less time.”

Marc Lamoureux, vice president, SAI Group said:

“We see electric vehicle evolution and specifically the EV charging infrastructure segment as a viable, long-term growth opportunity for our business. We believe it is a compatible segment to our existing development, engineering, procurement, and construction expertise. Our knowledge of complex network infrastructure is transferrable to EV infrastructure networks. We also see ourselves as a long term player in the EV space. We have been committed to helping EV-focused clients since 2010 and are tremendously excited to have Electrify America trust us with assisting them in this critical stage of their growth.”