Author: Eric Walz
DETROIT – Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, announced on Tuesday that it had selected several suppliers, including the ABB SA and South Korea Bookmark EV Inc, to install more than 2,000 charging stations for high-speed electric vehicles in the United States by the end of 2019.
VW has announced that the chargers will be installed at 484 charging stations across the country. Electrify America said the fast chargers will deliver a range of 20 miles per minute of charging, seven times faster than chargers currently in use.
Other vendors chosen include Portuguese Efacec Electric Mobility, SA and BTC Power Inc, based in Santa Ana, California.
Volkswagen’s global reputation has been severely damaged by the “dieselgate” emissions scandal, in which Volkswagen admitted to tampering with software in diesel vehicles in order to circumvent strict emissions requirements. In retaliation, VW created Electrify America as a catalyst to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the United States
VW has agreed to spend $ 800 million in California alone on clean auto infrastructure as part of its deal with federal regulators after admitting to cheating on diesel emissions.
Electrify America’s charging systems will have a power range from 50 kW, the most commonly used fast charge for electric vehicles today, up to 350 kW for its highway stations. Electrify America systems will also offer DC fast chargers ranging from 50kW to 150kW for metro locations.
ABB has announced that it will provide its Terra HP charging stations, which can recharge “even the largest electric vehicle battery in less than 15 minutes”.
“These state-of-the-art chargers will provide the very latest charging technology for today’s electrical devices. vehicles and those expected in the future that will feature larger batteries, ”said Mark McNabb, President and CEO of Electrify America. “We want to be sure that our systems are prepared for this growing market, and ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet will help us provide ultra-fast, convenient, reliable and scalable chargers. “
ABB Terra 53 DC Fast Charging Station
The lack of public charging infrastructure for U.S. consumers to charge their vehicles is seen as a major barrier to mass adoption of electric vehicles, as consumers remain concerned about their limited range.
Over a ten-year period ending in 2027, Electrify America will invest $ 2 billion in infrastructure and education programs for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the United States. Electrify will build a nationwide network of conveniently located and reliable workplace, community and highway chargers.
The chargers were custom designed for Electrify America and have several advanced features including liquid cooled cables. This is the first time that liquid-cooled charging cables have been certified.
In December 2017, Electrify America unveiled its first working charging stations in Washington, DC and nearby Maryland and Virginia. The 50-kilowatt dual-standard stations, which can provide approximately 100 miles of range for electric vehicles on a 30-minute charge.