Electrify America opened its first ultra-fast charging site in California today becoming the first location in the state to support 350 kW DC charging rates.
The new location along I-580, at the San Francisco Premium Outlets mall in the East Bay city of Livermore, has 10 charging spaces that each support at least 150 kW using the CCS charging port connector standard. Of those 10, two actually support power rates of up to 350 kW.
At the site today, two of the charging dispensers were powered off. One of the other 150 kW dispensers had a disabled right-side charge cable but the other cable was working.
The dispensers are dual-cabled and usually both cables support the same power rate and connector type. Electrify America says the cables on opposite sides of the dispenser allow for better reachability since various vehicle designs locate the charge port in different places on the car.
Electrify America locations typically have one charging space with a cable that supports the CHAdeMO connector standard used on Nissan and Mitsubishi vehicles such as the LEAF. At locations with many charging spaces such as Livermore, the charging space supporting CHAdeMO is often also designated for handicapped parking with a wider parking space.
The Livermore site’s handicapped parking signage is ambiguous and potentially confusing to non-handicapped CHAdeMO customers. A sign at the parking space indicates it is for handicapped parking but the ground markings says only that the space is for electric car charging and does not feature the wheelchair symbol used at other nearby non-charging handicapped parking spaces.
The Livermore location is unusual in that an adjacent parking lot section containing 20 Tesla Supercharger spaces was constructed at the same time.
The site is one of nine locations that Electrify America has said they plan to open before the end of the year. Two locations opened earlier in Elk Grove and Torrance are community DC charging sites that feature slower 50 kW charging spaces.
Another highway site set to open before January is along US-101 with eight charging spaces in Novato just north of San Francisco.
The fee to charge includes an initial $1 session fee plus $0.35 per minute. A higher $0.40 “idle fee” is charged after the vehicle is fully charged but has not yet been unplugged. Payment is by credit card although support for ApplePay and similar phone-based payment systems will be enabled later.
An announcement about the opening of the Livermore locations says that 17 additional Electrify America locations in California will be opening over the next year at other real estate locations owned by Simon Properties.