Literally. They are going to get hot.
With help from its Electrify America subsidiary, the Volkswagen Group has been busy installing electric car chargers across the United States. Electrify America completed its first two cross-country networks last month and now, Volkswagen Group of America has announced the opening of one of the largest EV charging stations in North America.
Located at VW's Arizona Proving Grounds, this new station will be used to help evaluate battery and charging performance under extreme hot weather conditions. The 50-space facility in Maricopa, Arizona is one of VW's two worldwide facilities capable of charging EVs at temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It features 25 DC fast chargers using 50 to 350 kilowatts, enabling charge times of up to 20 miles per minute. There are also 10 Level 2 AC chargers that simulate home-based charging.
As you can see in the photos, 16 of the spots in the facility feature remote-controlled canopies, which deploy awnings to simulate sunny and shaded conditions. To celebrate the opening, the VW Group brought out one EV from each of its applicable brands - a 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf, a 2020 Audi e-tron, and a 2020 Porsche Taycan. You can see that in one of the photos, the e-Golf is sitting comfortably under the shaded awning. The shade will come in handy but this facility also includes a small building in the center for engineers and test drivers.
"The opening of this charging station means one of the most sophisticated EV testing facilities in the world with some of the toughest conditions on earth will be right here in the United States," said Dr. Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner, Chief Engineering Officer for Volkswagen's North American Region. "It reaffirms not only Volkswagen's commitment to the US market as we bolster our engineering expertise here but also our drive towards an electric future."
VW and Electrify America began building this facility back in 2019 and it cost an estimated $9 million.