Our Plan

Electrify America LLC, based in Reston, Virginia, will invest $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs in the U.S. Over four 30-month cycles, Electrify America will invest $1.2 billion nationwide (in states other than California) and $800 million in California, one of the largest ZEV markets in the world. This investment represents the largest of its kind. 

Electrify America’s vision is to establish a premier ZEV charging network that is comprehensive, technically advanced and customer-centric -- to drive ZEV adoption by reducing charging anxiety and increasing convenience.  One of Electrify America’s guiding principles is to build a network that is economically sustainable for the long term.  Our infrastructure investment, combined with our education and access programs, will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of ZEV driving.

Electrify America began implementing its Cycle 1 National Investment Plan in April 2017, while it initiated investment in California soon after the Cycle 1 California ZEV Investment Plan was approved in July 2017.

Cycle 1 California ZEV Investment Plan

Electrify America’s Cycle 1 California ZEV Investment Plan and its Supplement to the Cycle 1 California ZEV Investment Plan were approved unanimously by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on July 27, 2017. The plan presents Electrify America’s intention to invest $200 million in California to support increased use of ZEV technology. Major investment will be made building ZEV charging infrastructure in metro areas and along highways, creating brand-neutral ZEV education and outreach programs, and launching a “Green City” initiative in Sacramento focused on increasing access to ZEV technology.  A summary of the Plan and Supplement are available here.

Cycle 1 National ZEV Investment Plan

Electrify America is currently implementing the first of four investment cycles across the United States, consistent with its Cycle 1 National ZEV Investment Plan.  During this first cycle, Electrify America will invest $300 million across the country, excluding California which is covered in the CA ZEV investment plan, to support increased use of Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) technology and to show more Americans that going electric is possible and beneficial today. 

Infrastructure

In its first National ZEV investment cycle, Electrify America will establish a network of 2,500+ non-proprietary electric vehicle chargers at more than 450 station sites.

  • Approximately 240 charging station sites will be installed or under development outside of California by the end of the first cycle. These sites will be located along high-traffic corridors between metropolitan areas, including multiple cross country routes, and will include between four and ten individual DC fast chargers at each location.
    • Charging sites will be present in 38 U.S. states, built along corridors with a high correlation with the EV Charging Corridors recently designated by the Federal government.
    • Stations chargers will be extremely powerful, capable of delivering 150 kW or 350 kW to vehicles.
    • Sites will be, on average, about 70 miles apart, with no more than 120 miles between stations, meaning many shorter range ZEVs available today will be able to use this network.
  • 300+ community-based charging station sites will be installed outside of California in workplaces, retail, multifamily residential locations and municipal lots and garages in 11 target metropolitan areas. Chargers at these locations will include a mix of Level 2 and/or DC Fast Chargers from 50 to 150+ kW.
    • Metropolitan areas include: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Impact

  • Charging stations will offer the most powerful and advanced charging technology ever deployed. 350 kW charging has the capability to add about 20 miles of range per minute to a vehicle, allowing up to300 miles of fuel to be added in only 15-20 minutes for some next generation vehicles.
  • The ZEV infrastructure is intended for, and compatible with, zero emission vehicles from all major brands sold in the United States. Multiple technologies (Level 2 and DC fast charging), non-proprietary connectors including CCS Combo and Chademo will be offered at Electrify America stations to maximize public access to Electrify America’s charging infrastructure for all ZEV drivers.
  • As part of the effort, Electrify America will launch an educational campaign to impart the benefits of ZEVs and address consumer barriers to adoption.

ZEV Investment Plan Implementation and Planning

Electrify America welcomes comments, recommendations, and proposals on development and implementation of the ZEV Investment Plans.  We received and considered more than 550 submissions during development of the first cycle investment plans. Please submit those ideas below. Some submissions may not fit within the scope or timetable of our initiatives for the first 30-month investment cycle and may thus be considered for future investment cycles.


Timeline for Submissions

Dec 9, 2016

  • With the launch of ElectrifyAmerica.com we will begin accepting proposals that may help inform our investment plans over the next 10 years. We are looking for recommendations with broad support and relevance and encourage individuals to consult with federal agencies, state governments, regional authorities, municipalities, or federally-recognized Indian tribes on proposals they may be developing. To begin a submission, please click the button above.

Jan 16, 2017

  • The period to submit proposals or recommendations for the first 30-month investment cycle will end on January 16th to provide sufficient time to identify promising and realistic ideas. All submissions will become the property of Volkswagen Group of America. Submissions should not include proprietary information as submissions could be shared publically.

Feb 22, 2017

  • The initial ZEV Investment Plans will be shared with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

Moving Forward

  • You can always submit a proposal after the initial submission period closes on Jan. 16, 2017. Noteworthy concepts received now could be included in our plans for subsequent investment cycles.

Updates

June 22, 2017

Electrify America announces opening of first charging stations