A huge factor in the adoption of electric vehicles is the problem of not being able to travel long distances, or worse getting stuck on the road with an empty battery, with no charging station nearby.
To relieve EV owners of such concerns and worries, a Volkswagen subsidiary called Electrify America has recently announced the completion of its first coast-to-coast charging route across the US.
Just as the name suggests, Electrify America is looking to drive the uptake of electric vehicles in the US by building out the infrastructure needed to keep them on the road. Overall, it aims to construct or have work underway on around 800 charging stations in the country by the end of next year, featuring as many as 3,500 fast-charging outlets.
Along with locations in metro areas, the company is planning two cross-country routes, the first of which is now complete and can take EV owners from Los Angeles all the way to Washington, DC. The stations are 70 miles apart on average, with the route spanning 11 states and a total of 2,700 miles with charging speeds running as high as 350 kW.
Electrify America stands to play an important role in the uptake of zero-local-emissions transport. It says the second of these cross-country routes, connecting Jacksonville to San Diego, will be complete in September this year.