Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America has opened one of its largest fast-charging parks to date. The charging station is located in Santa Clara, California, and hosts 14 HPC piles with outputs of between 150 and 350 kW under solar canopies.
The solar panels on the roof charge a battery storage system. The electricity stored in this system is used to cap peak loads during high usage periods, which minimizes the impact on the local power grid.
Santa Clara’s new fast-charging station is located in the car park of the Westfield shopping centre Valley Fair.
“This premier charging station, with one of our largest offerings of chargers and solar canopy technology, is another step in Electrify America’s journey to provide a seamless and innovative EV charging experience for consumers, while also taking measures to reduce the impact on the electrical grid,” said Anthony Lambkin, senior director of operations at Electrify America. “We are excited to bring this quality charging experience to Westfield customers in the heart of Silicon Valley.”
In true drive-in American style, the new Santa Clar charging station will have a special offer: if electric vehicle drivers are not intending to use the time it takes their vehicle to charge by shopping in the shopping centre, then they can order food from the centre’s restaurants which will be delivered right to their vehicle.
By the end of 2025, the VW subsidiary aims to have more than 1,700 locations with 9,500 charging stations in the US. This would increase the average from the current 4.3 charging points per location to 5.6.