RESTON, Va. -- Interested in adding a charging station? You might want to check out what Volkswagen is doing.
The German automaker, once known for diesel, is rebuilding its reputation after the emissions scandal by investing in electric vehicles (EVs). As part of its settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it has promised to invest $2 billion over the next decade in zero-emission-vehicle infrastructure and consumer awareness, with more than $1 billion for national efforts and $800 million toward California alone.
Volkswagen created the subsidiary Electrify America to spearhead the spending and plan the rollout of EV charging stations. Leading the effort is Mark McNabb, who has spent 30 years in the automotive industry at a slate of manufacturers.
“When you see EVs and their potential, we have a chance to really change the industry forever,” McNabb, CEO of Electrify America LLC, Reston, Va., told CSP Fuels. “It’s an exciting opportunity.”
McNabb and Adam Cook, senior vice president of JLL, a Chicago-based firm conducting feasibility studies and siting locations on behalf of Electrify America, spoke with CSP Fuels about Electrify America’s EV charging plans and how convenience stores and gas stations fit into them.
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