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Electrify America selects two contractors for fast-chargers project

Electrify America has signed contracts with Black & Veatch and SAI Group to build 2,000 DC fast chargers across 484 sites in the US

Black & Veatch and SAI Group each will manage the full design, permitting, and construction process of electric vehicle (EV) ultrafast charging station sites. The fast chargers will be installed or under development by June 2019.

Black & Veatch will design and build ultra-fast charging infrastructure in 24 states in the Pacific Northwest, Mountain, Central, Midwest, Southeast Central and Southeast regions. The company will also construct sites in California. SAI Group, on the other hand, will design-build fast chargers in 16 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South-Central, and Southwest regions.

“Black & Veatch and SAI Group have exemplary safety records and a consistent history of completing complex projects,” said Brendan Jones, chief operating officer of Electrify America. “We’re confident that they are the right firms to help us construct a state-of-the-art fast charging network.”

“Electrify America has designed a high-power, national-scale EV charger network to promote clean transportation and enhance the adoption of electric cars across the United States,” said Maryline Daviaud Lewett, director of business development for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. “Our expertise in the engineering, permitting, and construction of DC fast charging infrastructure allows Electrify America to rapidly deploy this ground-breaking network providing EV owners with more zero-emission freedom and flexibility in less time.”

“We see electric vehicle evolution and specifically the EV charging infrastructure segment as a viable, long-term growth opportunity for our business,” said SAI Group vice-president Marc Lamoureux. “We believe it is a compatible segment to our existing development, engineering, procurement, and construction expertise. Our knowledge of complex network infrastructure is transferable to EV infrastructure networks. We also see ourselves as a long term player in the EV space. We have been committed to helping EV-focused clients since 2010 and are tremendously excited to have Electrify America trust us with assisting them in this critical stage of their growth.”

The two companies will serve as the general construction contractors at each site, selecting and overseeing subcontractors as necessary, to complete the projects on time and on budget.

These chargers are part of Electrify America’s first US$500 million, Cycle 1 investment, in EV charging infrastructure, education, and access in the US. The company plans to complete four investment cycles over 10 years, resulting in a total investment of US$2 billion.

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