In 2015, The US Government brought suit against Volkswagen for intentionally defeating the required emission testing for its "clean diesel" fleet. For years, VW had confounded the auto industry in its ability to provide a powerful, high MPG car that easily met an increasingly strict diesel emission standard set by the United States.
Faced with indisputable evidence of tampering, VW admitted it had installed special software that would greatly reduce emissions (and power) during testing. Since the car was not actually moving, the reduced power levels went unnoticed. As soon as the testing was done, the software was disabled and the VW with its power restored was passed. But now its emissions were as much as 300% over the limits that other manufacturers were being held to.
Over half a million vehicles were involved having been sold and driven for years in the US. If you were ever stuck behind one of them with the vents open, your "clean diesel" thoughts were right. They were far from clean.
Eventually courts levied up to 25 Billion in fines (the figure is inexact due to cost variances in the choices offered current VW owners) which included 2 Billion to be invested in public charging infrastructure evenly divided in 4 phases covering 10 years. Phase one concentrating on completing a major highway network with stations ideally 80ish miles apart is slated to be completed by Summer 2019.
VW set up a new subsidiary called Electrify America to build the network independently from the company. The chargers will not be proprietary to VW and use .
So its a win-win for all, right!!
So far every station built has been using the same pattern. They are advertised as having "at least" 4 high powered stations to be used by CCS and Chademo compatible EVs. This implies equal access when the fact is EVERY site so far has ZERO exclusive access for Chademo compatible EVs.
Looks like I am not the only one unhappy with EA...