Volkswagen Reveals Plans for Court-ordered EV Charging Network

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
volkswagen reveals plans for court ordered ev charging network

A large part of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal penance involves a gargantuan investment into eco-centric technologies and the development of the United States’ electric vehicle infrastructure. The latter should come by way of its Electrify America subsidiary and four $500 million investments separated by four 30-month periods over the next 10 years.

We now know exactly how VW intends to roll out the green carpet with its court-mandated funding.

The money will be divided between urban and highway charging projects with plenty left over for its public education and environmental awareness campaigns. Forty percent of the total sum will be devoted to California, which will likely have the most use for charging stations, but the rest of the country will also see VW-built EV plug-in ports of up to 320 kilowatts — a number that surpasses even Tesla’s Supercharger wattage by a wide margin.

According to, the initial investments involve Volkswagen spending $120 million on California’s EV charging infrastructure, with an additional $250 million set aside for other states. Of the total, $255 million would be used to construct roughly 300 of the extremely quick charging locations along dozens of interstate and regional highways. The sites are anticipated to house five chargers each but, like Tesla’s 145 kilowatt network, higher volume areas could see stations with as many as ten.

Some locations are expected to finish construction next year, with 200 completed stations expected by mid-2019 — and another 90 or so in 2020. All of the highway chargers are being designed to support a peak charging rate of 150 kilowatts with many reaching 320 kilowatts. That would make long-distance travel in future electric vehicles far more feasible and mimics the joint venture VW currently has in Europe with BMW, Daimler, and Ford. With the exception of Tesla’s Superchargers, most U.S. EV charging points only support between 25 and 50 kilowatts. While not every electric-driven model currently on the road can support that much of a peak charge, some already do and future vehicles absolutely will.

In total, California is expected to see at least 50 highway stations, while the rest of the country will receive a minimum of 240 carefully spaced locations. There will also be another 650 sites in and around metropolitan areas offering 50 to 150 kW charging points. The majority of these will be targeted at shopping centers, parking garages, and places of business. Around 350 of these spaces are slated for California, which has a much higher population of electric vehicle owners.

[Image: Volkswagen Group]

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  • NMGOM NMGOM on Apr 17, 2017

    Who cares? I'm bored with all these silly cars. Sedans are so ... 20th Century.,.. so non-relevant. THE FUTURE IS PICKUP TRUCKS AND SUV'S. Got it, TTAC? In fact, I recommend you change your name "The Truth About Trucks", TTAT.... So, let the comentariat have at it! ==============================

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    • JPWhite JPWhite on Apr 18, 2017

      @JohnTaurus American drivers are 'hatchback blind' and see them as sedans. For whatever reason hatchbacks are popular with Europeans but not Americans. Need to haul something? Truck is the only thought. The fact many items you wish to haul will fit in a hatchback with seats down is lost on the American driver.

  • Caboose Caboose on Apr 18, 2017

    @28 @JPWhite To the point about battery materials. Lithium is by far the most-utilized material for batteries of all kinds in the developed world now. But OMG is it toxic. Mining nickel really doesn't carry any more environmental or human hazard than any other conventional mining. Lithium mining is laden with DEATH. Liquid, salty death. Growing evidence suggests that mining lithium does far more environmental harm than is mitigated by driving BEVs and hybrids. This is from The Ohio State University's Engineering School's primer on battery tech. This article is from KitCo, a precious metals investment advisor site. And then there's the the geopolitics of lithium. In the same way that dependence on foreign oil is thought to supply at least some cash to at least some crazies who want to do us harm, most of the world's lithium is in China and Leftist South American countries like Bolivia who tend to see prosperous, Anglophone countries as obstacles to their own prosperity. So getting dependent on them for lithium may be sub-optimal. This 2010 article from The New Yorker is a little dated, but still relevant, well-written, and surprisingly apolitical.

  • Brandon What is a "city crossover"?
  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...