Electrify America chooses ABB to power EVs across the US


"Walmart is the ideal partner for Electrify American to bring charging services to EV owners who value their time".

Volkswagen and its Electrify America unit announced plans to install 2,000 fast chargers at 500 stations across the country by the end of 2019.

All charging stations will offer a CHAdeMO (50kW) connector, plus additional dual-handle dispensers with CCS1 (50 to 350 kW) connectors, ensuring that all fast charging capable cars will be able to use the Electrify America stations, regardless of their charge point locations.

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Creating a national network of fast charging stations - the EV equivalent of fueling stations - is considered crucial for widespread adoption of electric cars in the United States.

Commenting on the launch Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB's Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging, said: "We are committed to supporting the expansion of electric vehicle charging systems across the globe to drive cleaner environments".

As the market shifts more and more toward electric vehicles, drivers will naturally need more places where they can charge up their batteries. "Walmart is the ideal partner for Electrify America to bring electric charging services to EV owners who value their time".

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"In its first year, Project Gigaton has helped to inspire action that has led to the avoidance of millions of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has expanded into an worldwide campaign that includes the participation of several hundred suppliers", observed Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart's SVP and chief sustainability officer. This initiative will more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart stores across the US. Those of you who have an electric vehicle now will still be able to use these stations though, as the company says each one will be outfitted with a 50kW CHAdeMO charger (meaning Tesla owners can use these as well), along with dual-handle dispensers that feature 50 to 350KW CCS1 connectors.

For charging operators, Terra HP provides the additional benefit of ABB Ability™ Connected Services, which deliver enhanced functionality, including the ability to easily connect chargers to back offices, payment platforms or smart grids systems.

Alongside the fast chargers, the company will install standard Level 2, 240-volt chargers for electric cars and plug-in hybrids that don't have DC fast-charge capability. As part of Volkswagen's punishment for Dieselgate, the automaker had to invest in electric vehicle technology in the U.S.

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The key difference between VW's charging network and Tesla's supercharger network lies in their locations.