Electrify America unveils EV charging network with Walmart

Electrify America has completed the installation of 120 ultra-fast 150kW electric vehicle chargers at Walmart stores located across the US.

The EV charging network developer, which is a subsidiary of Volkswagen, announced its partnership with Walmart in 2018, as part of the latter’s efforts to roll out the country’s largest EV charging network at retail locations.

Walmart’s charging stations have been placed in 34 states at locations close to major highways, to ensure that they are useful to local residents as well as people travelling on longer journeys.

The US’s best EV infrastructure sits along the east and west coasts in California and New York, but the Walmart charging network has attempted to go against the grain, placing chargers in the centre of the country in Texas, Illinois, Missouri and Georgia.

The chargers were rolled out at lighting speed, the first springing up in Hope, Arkansas, shortly after the 2018 launch announcement, and from this point onwards new chargers were added to the network on a weekly basis.

Electrify America, which was set up after the Volkswagen emissions scandal to invest US$2 billion (£1.5bn €1.7m) on US charging infrastructure, has fitted ultra-fast chargers that are able to charge a vehicle at speeds of up to 20 miles of range per minute.

The company is planning to deploy more than 2,000 chargers across 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas over the next five years.

Walmart and Electrify America plan to continue to build on their partnership and the two companies are currently developing plans to install more chargers in major metropolitan areas in 46 states.

Electrify America has also just a launched its new mobile app, which offers a map of chargers available for use.

 

 

 

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