VW’s Electrify America EV Investment Plan Could Install Lots Of 300-kW Fast Chargers

VW Electrify America


VW Electrify America Plan

VW Electrify America Plan

The penance VW is doing as part of the fallout from its diesel scandal includes a new project called Electrify America. You can read the introductory details about Electrify America here, but the general gist is that VW has to spend a pile of money promoting electric vehicles in the US because it lied about how dirty its diesel vehicles were. Thank’s to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), VW has to pay special attention to California, spending $800 million of its $2-billion ZEV project funding in the Golden State.

To that end, Electrify America has now given CARB more details on how it will spend that $800 million. It will be be a lot of charging stations and a “brand-neutral” public education about EVs. The money will be spent over four, 30-month cycles that end in 2026. Each cycle will see $200 million spent, but the emphasis shifts from more infrastructure at the beginning to more promotion at the end (see table). The initial focus cities will be Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, and Sacramento.

Another aspect of the plan is a network of high-speed chargers on highways. Specifically, VW is talking about more than 50 stations “along high‐traffic corridors between metropolitan areas,” with five plugs each, on average. Electrify America’s plan says that, “Most currently installed non‐proprietary DC fast chargers are in the 25‐50 kW range, so Electrify America’s stations will be at least 3‐6 times faster.” That puts these new DC fast chargers at anywhere from 75 to 300 kW.

A robust network like that could help any fence-sitters decide to test out a plug-in the next time they go car shopping. Right now, VW says, “Many consumers do not even consider purchasing a ZEV because of widespread misconceptions about such vehicles and ‘range anxiety’ resulting from inadequate charging infrastructure.” If Electrify America is successful in its mission, it’ll be nice to see it live up to its name.

VW will tell CARB more about its 30-month ZEV Investment Plan at CARB’s meeting at the end of next week. The first infrastructure components that Electrify America will build are coming later in 2017.

Source: Electrify America, CARB

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IMO the title should read that they will install lots of 320 kW chargers.

How about they sell the e-Golf in more states?

Happy for CA. Would have been nice if they spread the funds out to create more travel corridors around the states.

It will come. That’s part of their plans. But almost half of the EVs sold in the U.S. are in California, hence why so much is being done there.

They did. This only represents 40% of the money VW will spend.

It is a CARB settlement after all, it seems most fair it would go to CARB states.

According to the Electrify America document, Highway Fast Charging sites will have an average of 5 fast chargers. 2-3 125kW chargers and 2-3 320kW fast chargers. I assume that means that lower demand sites will have 2 of each and higher demand sites will have 3 of each. This is an improvement over the NRG sites in California which frequently have one 50kW CHAdeMO charger and one 50kW Dual CHAdeMO/CCS charger. The better sites have two Dual CHAdeMO/CCS chargers. Redundancy is very important. Everybody’s charger goes down occasionally and every site should have multiple chargers for each connector type.

I read 3-6 times faster than 25-50kw as 150kw, not 75-300kw. Probably not an issue until 2019 or later given that cars can’t really charge at these speeds today.

So more charging stations to California that is already littered with them but nothing for the rest of the country so that electric cars remain a minority segment?

That’s not what it said. $800Mil for CA and $1.2Bil for the rest of the country. CA has already pushed them for specifics and that is what this article is talking about. Presumably there would be 1.5x this amount of chargers for the rest of the country, however that will largely depend on how those negotiations go and with whom they are negotiated.

That’s correct. They are starting in California since that’s where almost half of the EVs in the country are concentrated, and will also install HPFC locations on main routes in other states next. Incidentally, however, even up til now there doesn’t exist CCS coverage on I-5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This HPFC infrastructure rollout by Electrify America will electrify that interstate, and it’s really the only power level of fast charger worth installing intra city, i.e. 150 kW+.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for electrify america. Really good news!

It’s about time VW.

Best news I’ve read all day! I’ve got some ideas for where I’d like to see fast-chargers in the Great Lakes region.

Q. As a owner of i3 , in CA winter temp at 50F , the car takes 20- 25 more time to DC charge than in summer.

i.e it cannot take full 50KW at 50F.

If the car with battery management is having trouble absorbing 50 KW , then how does supply of unto 300 KW help ?

if battery is big, more than 60 kwh, an has thermal management to heat self up if it’s too cold, it should accept such power. It seems like Tesla performs fine in Norway. But I suppose 20-25% more time to supercharge in winter is also true for Tesla

Yes , so , i guess , it may mostly help with bigger battery only. 50F is not like cold really , for some regions. mine is the 22kw battery only

The i3 has thermal management. while i read , it uses it for cooling , i don’t think it uses it for heating while DC charging. At least the results at 50f indicate, thermal management is not effective…

It’s not going to help you it seems.

It’s too bad i3 doesn’t have complete pack temperature control. Some other cars do, like Teslas and Bolts. Some cold-climate LEAFs have pack heaters too (but no cooling).

Chevy says the Bolt has to heat the pack to extract full range from it in cold weather. I wonder what an i3 does in that situation? It just suffers?

The i3 has heater in battery pack. it takes like unto 3 hours to heat battery pack. but when u plug into DC , it is not able to heat it instantly. i would imagine other cars will have similar issues . apparently charging battery does not generate as much heat.

The Leaf heater is only activated below -15F to avoid electrolyte freez to save battery. not to reduce charge time.

i meant 20- 25 % more time