Almost a year to the day after opening its first charging station, Electrify America says it is rolling out the countrys fastest-growing network of fast chargers.
Funded by $2 billion from Volkswagens 2016 diesel emissions settlement, it has a goal of building hundreds of stations and putting nearly 2,000 chargers in place by the end of this year.
Many of those will let battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, owners charge up nearly as quickly as they could fill a gas tank. Charging speed — along with the lack of a national network of charging stations — has been cited as a key obstacle to the widespread public adoption of electric cars.
“Longer range and faster charging times are critical to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles,” said Brendan Jones, the chief operating officer at Electrify America, during a conversation at the companys headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Its the equivalent of the classic chicken-and-egg problem.