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Volkswagen to install 2,800 EV charging stations

The German automaker has agreed to spend $800 million in California

Nick Carey | Reuters  |  Detroit 

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AG unit Electrify America said on Monday that it plans to install 2,800 in 17 of the largest US cities by June 2019. The will be located at roughly 500 sites, with around 75 per cent of them at workplaces and the rest at multifamily dwellings such as apartment buildings. The German automaker has agreed to spend $800 million in and a total of $2 billion nationwide on clean car infrastructure as part of its agreement after admitting to diesel emissions cheating. “One of the biggest barriers to the mass-market adoption of electric vehicles is access to chargers,” Mark McNabb, chief executive officer of Electrify America, said in a statement. Major automakers such as and have announced plans to launch whole families of electric vehicles in the next few years in a direct challenge to money-losing Tesla, which is struggling to get its more affordable, high-volume Model 3 released and recently reported its largest-ever quarterly loss. One problem the auto industry must overcome for mass adoption of electric vehicles is a lack of national charging infrastructure for use by consumers.

Electrify America said it has selected charging station companies SemaConnect, and Greenlots to install them. “There hasn’t been a significant catalyst yet for ramping up the number of charging stations,” Scott Fisher, Greenlots’ vice president of market development, told Reuters. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to help create the infrastructure we need across the US.” The diesel emissions scandal has so far cost as much as $30 billion.

First Published: Tue, December 19 2017. 01:41 IST
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