Black & Veatch and SAI Group have been named as the two firms that will design and build Electrify America’s 484 initially planned ultra-fast charging locations in the United States. Some 300 of those locations are planned along highways to enable long-distance travel.
According to Electrify America, Black & Veatch will build highway and community charging locations in 24 states in the Pacific Northwest, Mountain, Central, Midwest, Southeast Central and Southeast regions as well as California.
The contractor has a great deal of experience having designed and built Tesla’s Supercharger locations installed beginning since 2012.
SAI Group will design and build DC charging sites in the remaining 16 states that are part of the initially planned network of locations.
Electrify America recently opened its third public ultra-fast charging location on May 31 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Two other locations are in Chicopee, Massachusetts and Fincastle, Virginia. In addition, public ultra-fast charging is available at the company headquarters in Reston, Virginia.
Altogether, more than 2,000 ultra-fast chargers will be installed at the 484 locations “at or near retail, dining, parking, and other facilities that offer convenience and amenities for EV drivers”. All the sites are planned to be installed or under development by June 2019.
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Some 100 locations will be at major retail companies Target Corporation, Brixmor Property Group, Kimco Realty Corporation and DDR Corporation. In addition to these are major convenience and refueling partners including Sheetz, Inc., Casey’s General Stores Inc., and Global Partners LP’s Alltown. Another 100 or so will be located at Walmart stores in 34 states.
All highway locations include between 4 to 10 charging spaces with at least one of those offering support for CHAdeMO at 50 kW initially with 100 kW being supported later. Otherwise, 150 kW and 350 kW CCS is offered. Community charging DC locations include 3 to 6 charging spaces and support 50 to 150 kW charging rates.
Payment is made with credit cards or via ApplePay or AndroidPay. Electrify America is not issuing RFID authentication cards but plans to release a smartphone app in the future and is said to be considering the addition of subscription-based plans. The fee for charging varies by state but is expected to be near 30 to 35 cents per minute initially with the same fee applying to the CHAdeMO and CCS cables regardless of their charging rate capability. Later on, some cables such as for CCS 350 kW may have a higher per-minute fee than the CHAdeMO or 150 kW cables.
Other charging providers including GreenLots and OpConnect have previously been named as subcontractors to identify, design, build, and manage hundreds of community 240V charging locations at workplaces and multi-unit residential buildings in 17 metro areas across the country.
30 cents a minute is twice that of EVgo’s rates. Charging rates on the Bolt EV is limited to 57Kw. If the Bolt charged at 100kw then it would be a reasonable fee. But at least it’s a start with more and better on the way!
EVgo is 35 cents per minute without a subscription and 20 cents with one. I’m “grandfathered in” to the 10 cent rate and perhaps you are also but it is no longer offered to new subscribers.
EA is said to be thinking about offering a subscription plan in the future but has not yet announced any decision.
In any case, installing this equipment is expensive and utility demand charges for high power rates are also expensive. Realistically, EV drivers will have to pay to recharge at prices similar to or maybe even a bit higher than gas car drivers on road trips for the next few years. The vast majority of their charging will be done locally at cheaper-than-gas prices so that’s okay, in my opinion.