Our Plan

Electrify America will invest $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs in the U.S.  $1.2 billion will be invested nationwide (in states other than California), while $800 million will be invested in California, one of the largest ZEV markets in the world. This investment represents the largest of its kind ever made.

Electrify America, based in Reston, Virginia, will implement the National ZEV Investment Plan during the first of four 30-month, $300 million investment cycles,  across the country to support increased use of Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) technology and to show more Americans that going electric is possible today. 

Infrastructure

In its first National ZEV investment cycle outside of California, 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 150 kW and 320 kW individual DC fast chargers at each location.

    • Charging sites will be present in 39 U.S. states, built along corridors with a high correlation with the EV Charging Corridors recently designated by the Federal government.
    • Sites will be, on average, about 66 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 advanced charging technology ever deployed. 320 kW charging has the capability to add about 19 miles of range per minute to a vehicle, allowing 200-300 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 major brands sold in the United States, not just Volkswagen. In particular, multiple technologies (Level 2 and DC fast charging), non-proprietary connectors, and fast-charging protocols 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.

Electrify America has also submitted its first California ZEV Investment Plan to the California Air Resources Board. The plan presents the first of four required 30-month, $200 million investments in California to support increased use of ZEV technology.  Electrify America will initiate its plan for investment in ZEV charging infrastructure, ZEV education, and its “Green City” initiative upon approval of the Investment Plan by the California Air Resources Board.

Electrify America welcomes comments, recommendations, and proposals on development and implementation of the ZEV Investment Plans, but we caution that some submissions might not fit within the scope or timetable of our initiatives for the first 30-month investment cycle. Other promising ZEV initiatives, such as hydrogen fueling stations or national ZEV car-sharing or ZEV ride-sharing services, will be considered in later 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

May 8, 2017

As part of the national ZEV investment plan, Electrify America announces a partnership with EVgo to install 52 upgraded or new electric vehicle chargers in seven U.S. Cities. See the Press Release for more information.