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New EV Charging Stations Nonetheless Popping Up From VW Dieselgate Settlement

In the case of the Dieselgate Settlement, essentially the most well-known final result (no less than amongst EV fanatics and traders) might be Electrify America. As a part of the punishment for dishonest on emissions, VW needed to spend $10 Billion (with a capital B) on EV charging. So, it created a subsidiary to deal with that and create a charging community out of all these stations. It has gone on to not solely construct stations with these funds, however is now additionally partnering with different firms by Electrify Industrial to construct much more stations.

It’s tempting to talk of the Dieselgate Settlement previously tense. In spite of everything, a lot of the settlement was reached in 2016, and Electrify America has been going for years now. However, this was removed from the one effort to construct EV stations that got here from the settlement cash, and it’s a course of that also very a lot continues to unfold. As everyone is aware of, the wheels of presidency have a tendency to show slowly, and it might take years for something to occur.

On this article, I wish to share among the very important EV charging building efforts which can be nonetheless occurring, and the way essential a few of them are for the house owners of non-Tesla EVs.

The I-20 Hall in Louisiana Is Lastly Getting Some Love

Whereas Electrify America opened up a number of coast-to-coast routes for non-Tesla EVs, there are nonetheless quite a few corridors that it didn’t cowl. Considered one of them was Interstate 20, and most of Louisiana nonetheless doesn’t have any CCS or CHAdeMO charging factors alongside that freeway.

However, taking a look at Plugshare’s “Coming Quickly” CCS stations, it’s obvious that that is about to alter. The primary station entry (from the west/left) references each a information article and a authorities doc displaying that the Metropolis of Minden has acquired funds from the Dieselgate Settlement and that they’re going to place in some DC quick charging.

Actual location particulars are usually not but obtainable, however Plugshare customers usually add stations to the map so future EV drivers can know the place upcoming stations are going to be. That is essential as a result of folks consider the long run when selecting a automotive, and displaying that journey by the world will probably be simpler for an EV helps extra folks select EVs.

The following “Coming Quickly” station alongside the route is the Metropolis of Ruston. The story right here is mainly the identical because the Minden station. Dieselgate funds to the native municipality are going to lead to quick charging being put in, and the precise location isn’t recognized but.

Lastly, there’s an Electrify America station already underneath building in Monroe. Clearly, that is extra Dieselgate cash going into the bottom and coming again up with some energy for EVs, even after years of ready. 

As soon as all of those stations are put in, the most important hole for CCS charging alongside that route will probably be about 77 miles (from Monroe, LA to Vicksburg, MS). As extra EVs promote and visitors will increase, we’re going to want much more stations and stalls to deal with all of it, however journey alongside that route will no less than be doable for many EVs now and the Infrastructure Invoice funds will even be including extra stations.

New Mexico

I’ve written about New Mexico earlier than, but it surely’s value discussing within the context of this text.

Whereas I-10, I-40, and I-25 north of Albuquerque acquired Electrify America stations, the remainder of the state was nonetheless very restricted on charging. When Dieselgate Settlement funds began to be disbursed, just a few extra stations popped up in Santa Fe, together with 4 stalls in Clines Corners (on I-40) and Carrizozo. However, regardless of all the websites that had been chosen for extra stations with these funds, the development simply stopped, irritating New Mexican drivers and individuals who wish to go to locations like Carlsbad Caverns.

I checked into it, and two points have been at play. First, provide issues saved Francis Vitality (the corporate placing the chargers in) from placing the stations up. Then, the state determined to place out a second spherical of Dieselgate funds, which was put aside for a lot of of those similar websites a second time. In response to Francis Vitality, the extra funds will imply quicker charging charges on the websites. As an alternative of 60 kW max, they need to be over 100 kW (however the actual speeds weren’t shared with me but).

Trying on the southern half of the state, you’ll be able to see what a huge impact these “coming quickly” (the icons with the wrenches) CCS and CHAdeMO stations will make. Not solely will the entire southeast quadrant of the state change into simply traversable with EVs (together with Teslas, as there are not any Superchargers on the market), however the I-25 hall will even open up for journey by all EVs. Even the little city of Columbus, the place Pancho Villa as soon as invaded, goes to get one.

The northern half of the state will even be getting many extra CCS and CHAdeMO stations. Most of them are concentrated round Santa Fe and Taos, however there are various little communities round there that want the stations each for tourism and ultimately for EVs to be possible. The path to the 4 Corners space (US-550) will even confide in non-Tesla EVs with the opening of stations in Cuba and Farmington.

So, Dieselgate funds are nonetheless having a big impact, and can proceed to bear fruit for EV drivers in 2023 and 2024 in New Mexico.


Whereas I’m positive extra examples could possibly be discovered nationally, probably the most dramatic expansions of EV charging I may discover from Dieselgate funds was within the Sunshine State. Whereas I’m positive Ron DeSantis would somewhat spend the funds on one thing else, the phrases of the VW settlement don’t actually permit Florida to spend them on anything. So, the state needed to put in charging stations. And, the Plugshare map with Coming Quickly stations reveals a dramatic enhance in CCS and perhaps CHAdeMO stations is about to occur in 2023.

Should you have a look at I-10 going throughout the state, it’s lined within the little wrench icons. I checked all of those, and so they’re all of the recipients of VW settlement grants. This may positively assist EV drivers residing in and visiting Florida to have the ability to cross the state.

Plus, there are various extra stations getting into with simply this most up-to-date funding spherical. Many of the stations will probably be put in by Blink, and one is even getting into at Disney World. You may see a full listing right here.

Placing all of those states collectively, it’s fairly clear that Dieselgate funds nonetheless have some fairly massive impacts to make. Add within the Infrastructure Invoice funds, stations to be put in by GM, stations to be put in by Ford, and plenty of others, and we’re going to see issues be lots simpler for EV drivers in 2023 and past.

Featured picture and different pictures are screenshots from Plugshare.com. Truthful use, commentary. You should definitely test it out your self for those who don’t already!




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