By B. O’Hare
The VW Group has launched their new charging station at their global test center in Maricopa, Arizona. The $9 million facility was built in partnership with Electrify America and will allow EV charging in temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It offers numerous 350kW ultra-fast chargers also, and 16 stalls in the station have unique remote-controlled canopies to stimulate various weather conditions. There’s 10 AC Level 2 charging stations to stimulate slower home and work charging, as well as a separate building for engineers to analyze data and improve efficiency going forward.
Currently the VW Group’s Electrify America network has nearly 500 charging stations throughout America and well over 2,000 individual chargers. Between now and the end of next year a further 300 stations and 1,500 chargers are planned. Partnerships with Ford and Lucid Motors will allow their vehicles to have access to the network too, with many firms frantically looking to find an answer to Tesla’s vast supercharger network before bringing their EVs to the market.
How important is a car manufacturers charging network to you when buying an EV? The likes of Nissan, Hyundai// Kia and General Motors rely on 3rd party charging networks as opposed to developing their own, for example. Let us know your thoughts in the replies section below!