<p><em>Photo courtesy of Electrify America.</em></p>

Electrify America has invested $500 million toward installing electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 retail, convenience, and refueling locations in an effort to improve convenience for EV drivers.

The company has partnered with several companies to establish the new locations for its ultra-fast electric vehicle charges, including Target Corp.; Brixmor Property Group; Kimco Realty Corporation; Sheetz, Casey’s General Stores; DDR Corporation; and Global Partners LP’s Alltown, according to Electrify America.

The ultra-fast EV chargers are being installed across the U.S., with plans to finalize by June 2019, the company said. The company also recently announced that it will install the fast chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations across 34 states.

The chargers are part of the company’s investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, education and access in the U.S, the company said in a release. The company plans to complete four investment cycles over the next decade, resulting in a total investment of $2 billion; this $500 million investment is part of the first cycle.

Electrify America ultimately aims to deploy more than 2,000 DC fast chargers at roughly 484 stations. The company’s charging systems have a range in power from 50kW up to 350kW for its highway stations, the company said. Also, an L2 AC charger will also be offered at a majority of metro DC fast charging stations to accommodate plug-in hybrids and non-DC-charge capable EVs.

Brixmor Property Group’s Chicopee Marketplace, in Chicopee, MA, will also be the first location to install an Electrify America charging system with a certified cooled-cable 350kW charger in the United States, the company said in a release. The company announced in December 2017 that it is installing more than 2,800 Level 2 EV charging stations by June 2019 in 17 of the biggest metropolitan areas in the United States.