Nationwide fast charging network Electrify America has now opened over 500 public charging locations across the US, including more than 2,200 individual DC fast chargers.
Since opening its first site in May 2018, Electrify America has been opening an average of nearly four stations per week. Each station has between three and ten individual DC fast chargers. Stations are located along major routes and in metro areas, strategically placed near shopping, banking and dining amenities.
“In just over two years, we’ve made great progress in expanding our network while maintaining a deliberate focus on delivering the fastest charging speeds possible—150 kW and 350 kW,” said CEO Giovanni Palazzo. “We are confident that reduced charging times and increased charger availability will help Electrify America deliver the future-proof charging experience that customers deserve.”
EA is also adding solar-powered canopies at select locations, providing customers with shade and protection from the elements while potentially reducing the electricity draw from local utilities.
The first site to feature a solar-powered canopy is in Baker, California, where the solar panels charge an on-site battery energy storage system. The batteries store power when electricity costs are low and release it during peak times, easing the impact on the grid and minimizing expensive utility demand charges. The company expects to have more than 125 operational storage installations in 2021, 75 of them at California stations.
Source: Electrify America