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Electrify America, Love's Travel Stops announce EV charging station partnership

Love’s Travel Stops has locations across the U.S.

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Electrify America continues to establish partnerships with the goal of building out a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging network. The company has most recently partnered with Love's Travel Stops to install charging stations at seven of the company's locations in six U.S. states

The seven charging stations, located in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Florida, New York and Arizona, will have a combined 28 EV chargers and be available for public use by early 2021 - with five locations already open.

Electrify America Photo courtesy of Electrify America

"As we continue building charging stations at accessible sites, Love's Travel Stops was a perfect fit because of its convenient locations near major highways," said Rachel Moses, senior manager for site acquisition, development and strategy at Electrify America. "Providing EV drivers with the opportunity to charge their vehicles at Love's locations will help instill confidence for longer interstate trips, and can encourage more consumers to consider making the switch to electric."

In June, Electrify American announced that it had created two full cross-country charging station routes. The routes allow coast-to-coast DC fast-charging. Electrify America charging stations are, on average, about 70 miles apart. They're located in metro areas and near highway routes near shopping and dining amenities. The most recent Love's charging station opening in Salina, Utah, helped complete one of those routes.

Depending on the location, Love's customers will have access to chargers ranging in power from 150 kilowatts to 350 kilowatts. Electric vehicles capable of accepting a 350 kW charge can add up to 20 miles of range per minute.

"Our goal is to provide all drivers with safe, convenient places to stop and refuel - and that includes the growing number of electric vehicle drivers," said Frank Love, co-CEO of Love's. "We're committed to initiatives and solutions that reduce emissions, and excited to add EV charging stations at our locations."

Electrify America charging station locations at Love's include the following:

  • Oklahoma - 901 N. Sheb Wooley Ave., Erick, Okla. 73645
  • New Mexico - 1900 S. Mountain Road, Tucumcari, N.M. 88401
  • Utah - 1915 S. State St., Salina, Utah 84654
  • Florida - 45000 U.S.-27, Davenport, Fla. 33897
  • New Mexico - 1028 N.M.-156, Santa Rosa, N.M. 88435
  • New York - 2 Industrial Park Drive, Binghamton, N.Y. 13904 (coming soon)
  • Arizona - 760 S. Quartzsite Ave., Quartzsite, Ariz. 85346 (coming soon)

To view whether a station near you is open and for a full list of Electrify America station locations, visit: https://www.electrifyamerica.com/locate-charger/.

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The ID.4 will ramp up production as the U.S. says goodbye to the Passat.

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The Volkswagen Passat will end its run in 2023 at VW's U.S. manufacturing base in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But don't worry, Volkswagen has plans for what is next. In fact, they've already announced the products; they're just now getting around to specifying a timeline.

Currently, the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is producing the Passat alongside the Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Sport. earlier this year, the plant celebrated the 1 millionth vehicle to roll off its assembly line - Aurora Red Metallic 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line.

Before the Chattanooga plant opened, Volkswagen hadn't made a vehicle in the U.S. in 22 years following the closing of the Westmoreland facility in Pennsylvania.

1977 Volkswagen Dasher and 2020 Volkswagen Passat The Dasher was the predecessor to the modern Passat. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The Passat got its start as a vehicle designed specifically for the North American market. Ground was broken on the Tennessee plant in 2009 and in 2011 it began producing the cars. It currently employees approximately 3,800 people. In the last nine years, the plant has produced more than 700,000 Passats and 100,000 Atlas SUVs. The new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and the refreshed 2021 Atlas recently began production.

Volkswagen has announced that the plant will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles including the ID.4, representing an approximately $800 million investment, starting in 2022. The expansion to enable U.S. production of long-range EVs began in November 2019.

The expansion includes a new Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) at the plant that will feature a unique, state-of-the-art high-voltage laboratory that is designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs. These cells and packs are slated to be assembled in the U.S. before being inserted into vehicles.

Production of the ID.4 will ramp up starting 2022. It will reach full capacity by 2023, then the Passat will be shown the door. Before the U.S. production begins, Volkswagen will exclusively produce the ID.4 at its Zwickau plant in Germany.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 The Volkswagen ID.4 will be made in the U.S. starting in 2022.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Though the Passat is leaving the U.S. market, it will continue as a vehicle for international sale. Development of the ninth-generation version of the model is currently underway.

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McLaren has chosen an easy-to-pronounce name for its new hybrid supercar - Artura.

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McLaren is about to mark the beginning of a new era in hybrid powertrain engineering. In the first half of 2021, its high-performance hybrid series production supercar will go on sale and we now know what it will be named.

The McLaren Artura builds on the legacy of the McLaren P1TM hybrid hypercar, which was unveiled in 2012, and the Speedtail Hyper-GT, which entered production this year and the fastest McLaren ever with a top speed of 250 mph.

"Every element of the Artura is all-new – from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

Mclaren Artura The Artura badging sits on what is likely the rear of the car.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

It will be the first car to be built on the company's new platform architecture, which has been optimized for electrification. Design and engineering of the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture took place in the U.K. at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre.

Two photos released by the company show what is likely the back of the Artura, with a honeycomb design beneath the car's badging between two exhaust outlets.

The Artura will get a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that combines with an electric motor. This will be the engine's debut. McLaren says that the engine retains the performance benefits of the company's larger V8s but has improved torque response at low engine speeds. The Artura can also run on all-electric power.

The weight of the hybrid engine system has been offset by the application of weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body, and powertrain. Ahead of a full product reveal, McLaren is touting the car's class-leading weight advantage.

The McLaren Artura is expected to be revealed soon. Pricing will likely be announced at that time.

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