Volkswagen Subsidiary Invests in Californian ZEV Infrastructure

The electric vehicle tech subsidiary created by Volkswagen as part of its Dieselgate settlements is investing $200M in California’s zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure.

Electrify America says it is making the investment as part of its Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan, which it has submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). It professes to also want the funding to be spent on “education and awareness”, and for 35% of it to be spent “in low-income or disadvantaged communities”. The Cycle 2 Plan covers the 30 months from July 2019 to January 2022.

Electrify America president and CEO Giovanni Palazzo said the company wants “to establish one of the largest, most technologically advanced and customer-friendly charging networks in the US”. Chief operating officer Brendan Jones claimed the company plans “to further support ZEV adoption through services that are used by Californians every day – buses, shuttles, ride hail services – by providing more access to charging for those vehicles”.


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