Volkswagen wants to sell more electric cars in the US UU., But for that you need to spend millions of dollars to build the underdeveloped cargo infrastructure of the country. To that end, the subsidiary of the automotive giant, Electrify America, announced today that it plans to install EV charging stations in more than 100 Walmarts in 34 states by mid-2019. The announcement came a few days after Porsche, owned by VW Group , imply plans to build 500 of their own EV charging stations in the United States.
Walmart's charging stations are part of a larger Electrify America project to install 2,000 chargers in nearly 500 charging stations across the country in June 2019. "EV owners need a convenient, reliable and fast change in service. recharging their vehicles, "said Mark McNabb, president and CEO of Electrify America, in a statement. "Walmart is the perfect partner for Electrify America to bring electric charging services to electric vehicle owners who value their time."
"EV owners need a convenient, reliable and quick change to recharge their vehicles."
Meanwhile, Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, told Automotive News that the high performance brand will install at least 500 fast loaders at dealerships and highways in the US. UU By the end of 2019. "If you want to buy that car, I want to know what happens if I go skiing and go beyond 300 miles," Zellmer said. "What should I do? Then we have to have answers for that."
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Together, it represents a multimillion-dollar commitment by the German automobile giant to cover the US. UU At charging stations, hoping to attract more American consumers for their zero-emission vehicles. Another way of looking at it is that VW is taking a page from Tesla's playbook, which has installed 1,210 of its Supercharger stations around the world since 2012. It realizes that to persuade more American car buyers to consider the electrical use, you must first commit to a fully constructed load network to help reduce range anxiety.
Both VW and Porsche plan to spend billions of dollars on the deployment of new electric cars in the coming years. Earlier this year, Porsche said it would double its investment in plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles by 2022 to more than 6,000 million euros ($ 7.43 billion). The first EV of the brand, Mission E, is seen as one of the first real competitors of the S. de Tesla model. The automaker has said that mission E could be charged in just 15 minutes. A second EV is planned, based on the Mission E Cross Turismo concept, for deliveries in 2020.
VW is also making a big bet on electric cars over the next decade, and the ID. Vizzion – like his I.D. brothers: it seems that it will be a central piece of that push. VW claims a production Vizzion can reach more than 400 miles on a single charge, thanks to a battery pack that, at 111kWh, is larger than anything that Tesla currently offers.
Mission E and Vizzion I.D. they are very necessary if VW is going to compete with Tesla. The automaker currently only has one EV in the market: the 125-mile e-Golf range. Certainly cheaper than the S model, e-Golf has been selling rapidly in Europe, recently dethroning the Renault Zoe as the best-selling battery electric vehicle in the continent. Meanwhile, only 178 e-Golfs were sold in the USA. UU In January 2018.
Recently, VW said it would modify its iconic logo in preparation for the electric car era. The company is trying to polish its brand after the diesel emissions scandal that cost billions of dollars in fines and agreements and sent several former executives to jail.