US-based engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) firm Black & Veatch has been selected by Electrify America to design and construct high-powered DC Fast Chargers across the country.

The DC Fast Chargers project is part of Electrify America’s nationwide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, which are designed to reduce charging times and increase convenience for EV consumers.

Black & Veatch Transformative Technologies associate vice-president Dean Siegrist said: “Our approach to zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure means we can work on multiple sites concurrently and efficiently, providing greater speed to market. The results are project efficiency for Electrify America, and greater options for EV drivers.”

“Electrify America will be investing $2bn over a period of ten years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education.”

Electrify America claims that its ultra-fast electric vehicle chargers are the first certified cooled-cable 150kW to 350kW chargers deployed in North America. They have the capacity to deliver enough energy for up to 20 miles of range per minute.

Currently, Black & Veatch is providing site development services across the US, and performing EPC of DC Fast Charger electric car charging station sites in the Pacific north-west, northern California, southern California, mountain, central, mid-west, south-east central and south-east regions.

Electrify America chief operating officer Brendan Jones said: “Black & Veatch has a proven track record in building electric vehicle infrastructure around the globe.

“We are pleased to have their leadership in the installation of our charging stations to rapidly expand the use of zero-emission vehicles in the United States.”

As part of Cycle One investment plan, Electrify America will be investing $2bn over a period of ten years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education. It aims to deploy more than 2,000 chargers across 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 states.

The company noted that all the chargers will be installed or under development by the end of the cycle by June next year. They will be located at retail, petrol stations, parking and other facilities.