Electrify America (a part of the Volkswagen Group) has been looking to be the premier choice for electric car chargers in the United States. This week the company announced that it will open its 400th EV charging station.
Electrify America has opened its first EV charging station less than two years ago in May 2018 in the city of Chicopee, MA. Within that time frame, the company has been hard at work opening up as many charging stations as possible to have optimum coverage for the country.
At this point, the nearly 400 charging stations allow 96 percent of Americans to be within 120 miles of a charger. It probably is not the best thing to gloat about as 120 miles is still a very large range and its very possible that someone will go through half of their range just trying to reach an Electrify America charger.
However, the company has more than 100 stations permitted and another 150 in various phases of design and engineering, hopefully expediting the process of having more Americans even closer to accessible charging stations. Electrify America has also been hard at work to make sure that the chargers being put up will be able to support 350 kW charger, even if no current vehicle can sustain that amount.
Giovanni Palazzo, president, and chief executive officer of Electrify America stated:
“We are laser-focused on providing our customers with a high-quality charging experience. Today’s drivers need assurances that they will have access to fast and reliable charging services, and that’s what we’re working to deliver. We are incredibly proud of our progress to this date, and we’ll continue to build out our brand-neutral network to be able to serve even more EV drivers where they live, work, and travel.”
Some other things the company was able to achieve in the last 20 months include:
- The introduction of a robust mobile app that offers an efficient charging experience through streamlined payment and membership options, and the ability to remotely monitor charging sessions
- Agreements with seven electric vehicle manufacturers to offer their EV owners nationwide charging plans
- Network interoperability agreements with several major American charging networks
- Agreements with more than 640 retail, convenience, financial centers and refueling locations, ranging from big brand retailers to family-owned businesses
Electrify America hopes to have 800 charging stations and 3,500 individual chargers brought online by the end of 2021.
What do you guys think of the news? Are they bringing chargers online at an adequate pace, or should they be quicker about it? Let us know down in the comments below.
Source: Electrify America