Electrify America contracts with Greenlots for electric-car charging sites, installations

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Greenlots electric-car charging mobile app for use at charging station

Greenlots electric-car charging mobile app for use at charging station

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The $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure program funded by Volkswagen as part of its diesel-emission scandal settlement has picked an installer to roll out some of the first phase of its electric-car charging network.

Electrify America said on Monday it would contract with the Greenlots charging network for up to 900 stations.

They will be sited in metropolitan regions that include the cities and surrounding areas of Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, and Seattle.

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The community-based stations will focus on charging for electric-car drivers to be sited in apartment buildings, condos, and workplaces.

Greenlots will work with the owners of those buildings and facilities to plan and install turnkey charging stations that it promises will be "interoperable and customer-friendly."

The company will provide what Electrify America calls "end-to-end deployment" that makes it as easy as possible for those sites to add EV charging capabilities for their users.

Monitoring and control system for Greenlots electric-car charging

Monitoring and control system for Greenlots electric-car charging

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“Electrify America’s partnership with Greenlots ensures that this unprecedented investment supports a broader vision in which electricity is the fuel of the future,” said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots.

The work to bring charging infrastructure to workplaces and multiple dwellings, he added, is "vital" and the automotive and energy sectors start to converge.

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Greenlots both operates a network of charging stations—including some along Interstate highways in the Northeast, among other sites—and offers planning, installation, and operation to bring EV charging to private and municipal clients.

The Los Angeles company now works in more than a dozen countries, including ongoing projects in Singapore, Berlin, Warsaw, and Malaysia as well as throughout North America.

Federal Highway Administration map of designated electric-car charging corridors across U.S., 2016

Federal Highway Administration map of designated electric-car charging corridors across U.S., 2016

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Detail from first of four phases of VW 'Electrify America' zero-emission vehicle infrastructure plan

Detail from first of four phases of VW 'Electrify America' zero-emission vehicle infrastructure plan

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Detail from first of four phases of VW 'Electrify America' zero-emission vehicle infrastructure plan

Detail from first of four phases of VW 'Electrify America' zero-emission vehicle infrastructure plan

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As it says, the company's "cloud-based technology brings together EV smart charging, fleet optimization, dynamic load-side grid management, and EV driver engagement into a scalable, secure, and configurable solution."

Electrify America, based in Reston, Virginia, is the company set up and funded by Volkswagen as part of the settlement of its diesel emission scandal in the U.S.

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It will spend $2 billion on U.S. infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles—potentially including hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as well as plug-in electric cars—over 10 years.

Its plans are broken into four 30-month phases, and must be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, among other bodies.

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