Now that Volkswagen’s electric e-Golf is rolling into dealerships, VW continues to announce new efforts to support the further adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. Last month VW announced that it is teaming up with BMW to add 100 DC fast charging stations in the U.S., and the automaker just announced plans to invest $10 million to support electric vehicle infrastructure by 2016.
During a presentation delivered at the 2015 Electric Drive Congress in Washington D.C., Jörg Sommer, VW’s vice president of product marketing and strategy stated that continued legislative support is needed to reach the next level of electric vehicle adoption.
“Automakers have effectively delivered electric vehicles that can satisfy the needs of most American drivers,” said Sommer. “In addition to the investment we and other companies and industries are making, we would like to see Federal financing support for establishing fast charging networks in urban areas and interstate corridors. We’d like to see more state and federal organizations commit to cleaner fleets by purchasing EVs and PHEVs. This should be a U.S. Government priority, and federal purchasing guidelines should reflect that by giving fleet purchasers the flexibility they need,” he added.
In addition to the partnership with BMW and Chargepoint that will add express charging corridors along heavily-traveled routes on the East and West Coasts, VW has also teamed up with other partners to support its e-Golf electric vehicle. VW has signed an agreement with SunPower to give e-Golf buyers the opportunity to install a solar system in their homes that will charge their electric vehicles using the power from the sun. In addition, e-Golf buyers also have the opportunity to purchase home charging installation and hardware packages from Bosch.
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