Volkswagen of America is getting serious about electric vehicles, and it’s putting its money where its mouth is, literally. The company announced it’s plunking down $10 million to establish a more robust car charging infrastructure in the United States, all with the hope that such developments will encourage more car shoppers to leave internal combustion engines behind and take the plug into a fully-electric lifestyle.
While many large cities have a growing number of public charging stations, making getting around using electricity instead of gas more practical, a big problem has been taking electric cars out on the open road. Part of VW’s investment is going toward installing 100 DC Fast Chargers along popular roadways on the East and West Coasts. The plan is to spread the chargers no further than 50 miles apart from each other, allowing people to travel from Washington, D.C. to Boston, or from San Diego to Portland without the fear that they will be stranded somewhere along the way.
Of course, VW has more skin in the game when it comes to electric cars, thanks to the recent release of the e-Golf. It used to be that Tesla, Nissan, and Mitsubishi were pretty much alone when it came to offering electric cars to consumers. Times are changing, which means owning an electric car will likely become only more practical as time passes, thanks to big players like Volkswagen taking a vested interest in the technology’s success.
Another component of Volkswagen’s plan involves teaming up with SunPower. The two companies would help certain e-Golf owners install a solar power system at their home, meaning they can get around without depending on electricity generated by burning coal. There is also an agreement with Bosch to supply charging setups for private residences, as well as install the hardware.