Black & Veatch/SAI Group to build EV infrastructure for Electrify America


Electrify America has contracted with both Black & Veatch and SAI Group to manage the design, permitting and construction of electric vehicle (EV) ultra-fast charging station sites at both highway and community locations across the nation.

Black & Veatch and SAI Group each plan to manage the full design, permitting, and construction process in order to deploy more than 2,000 DC fast chargers across 484 sites at or near retail, dining, parking, and other facilities that offer convenience and amenities for EV drivers. All the sites will be installed or under development by June 2019.

Black & Veatch, which specializes in the deployment of energy, water, telecommunications, and smart city infrastructure, has been awarded the site design and construction of Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging stations in 24 states in the Pacific Northwest, Mountain, Central, Midwest, Southeast Central and Southeast regions. Black & Veatch will also construct sites in California, where the company maintains a regional office and has created thousands of jobs.

SAI Group, which has performed work in Alaska, Hawaii, and most states in the continental United States, has been awarded design-build responsibilities for Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging stations in 16 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South-Central, and Southwest regions.

“Black & Veatch and SAI Group have exemplary safety records and a consistent history of completing complex projects,” said Brendan Jones, chief operating officer of Electrify America. “We’re confident that they are the right firms to help us construct a state-of-the-art fast charging network.”

“Electrify America has designed a high-power, national-scale EV charger network to promote clean transportation and enhance the adoption of electric cars across the United States,” said Maryline Daviaud Lewett, director of business development for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. “Our expertise in the engineering, permitting, and construction of DC fast charging infrastructure allows Electrify America to rapidly deploy this ground-breaking network providing EV owners with more zero-emission freedom and flexibility in less time.”

“We see electric vehicle evolution and specifically the EV charging infrastructure segment as a viable, long-term growth opportunity for our business,” said Marc Lamoureux, vice president, SAI Group. “We believe it is a compatible segment to our existing development, engineering, procurement, and construction expertise. Our knowledge of complex network infrastructure is transferrable to EV infrastructure networks. We also see ourselves as a long term player in the EV space. We have been committed to helping EV-focused clients since 2010 and are tremendously excited to have Electrify America trust us with assisting them in this critical stage of their growth.”

Black & Veatch and SAI Group will serve as the general construction contractors at each site, selecting and overseeing subcontractors as necessary, to complete the projects on time and on budget.

These chargers are part of Electrify America’s first $500 million, Cycle 1 investment, in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, education, and access in the U.S. The company plans to complete four investment cycles over 10 years, resulting in a total investment of $2 billion.