Next summer a new network of ultra-fast electric car chargers is supposed to suddenly appear alongside major US highways. An elusive detailed route map of that system can now be revealed. Shazam!
This map, of next summer’s planned Electrify America charging station routes, is so closely held that it was apparently only tweeted by Greenlots (an Electrify America partner) on or about January 23, 2018 and was then used to illustrate a single article at CleanTechnica.
This author seems to recall seeing the original tweet containing the map image and fortunately downloaded it. However, that tweet no longer seems to exist and the map does not seem to be on the Greenlots (or Electrify America) website either.
Strangely, the map shows routes and approximate charging locations that are virtually identical to an abstract, and thus harder to visualize and understand, route map hosted on Electrify America’s website since earlier this year.
In any case, neither the abstract map nor the more detailed map appear to have made their way onto many EV-related news websites. Reader comments at many EV sites regularly indicate a general lack of awareness of Electrify America’s pending coast to coast interstate system of nearly 300 150+ kW charging locations, each with between 4 to 10 charging pedestals supporting both CHAdeMO and CCS cables, targeted for completion by June, 2019 according to Electrify America’s website. Earlier plans had called for completing about 200 of the highway locations by June, 2019 with another 90 in active development.
The abstract version of the map may have first appeared last fall online at Site Selection magazine, a corporate real estate management publication, in an article about Electrify America’s search for future charging locations. It then appeared in a HybridCars article by this author in early January, 2018 after being supplied by Electrify America and was then subsequently added to Electrify America’s website. In late January it appeared in articles at the Long Tail Pipe, Car and Driver, FutureCar, and perhaps a small number of other sites.
Meanwhile, there have been multiple articles recently about European ultra-fast charging initiatives at many online EV news sites but maps of Electrify America’s imminent ultra-fast charging network in the US have not been widely published.