Electrify America is building its first highway charging site capable of handling up to 10 cars in the Atlanta, Georgia suburb of Kennesaw along I-75. Another location capable of charging up to 8 cars recently opened along I-95 in Stratford, Connecticut.
Altogether, the company lists 6 regular charging sites and its company headquarters as open and available for public use with at least 29 additional locations under development. All of the nearly 300 initially planned highway corridor sites will have between 4 and 10 charging spaces. A further 186 or so community DC charging locations in 17 metropolitan areas will have between 3 and 6 charging spaces.
All of Electrify America’s highway-oriented locations support ultra-fast 150 kW DC charging spaces for cars using the CCS charging standard. So far, at least one 350 kW CCS charging space is being supported at each open location. All locations also support at least one 50 kW CHAdeMO charging space for vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF although these are expected to be upgraded to support at least 100 kW in the near future.
The actual power used during charging is controlled by the vehicle. Most existing cars on the road today will not charge significantly faster at these new stations but a few cars can.
The Chevrolet Bolt can charge at up to 55 kW which is 20 percent faster than at older 50 kW chargers installed in North America today. The Kia Soul EV and Hyundai’s Ioniq EV and their new Kona EV all draw up to near 70 kW. The Jaguar I-PACE is expected to draw near 100 kW and the Audi e-tron is rumored to utilize at least that much power. Both the Jaguar and Audi cars are expected in the US market over the next year. The Nissan LEAF is also rumored to charge at near 100 kW when it gets a new 60 kWh battery pack in 2019. The only car known to utilize 350 kW charging is the Porsche Taycan (previously known as the Mission E) and it is not expected until late 2019.