Electrify America has 105 stations open and available for public DC fast charging in the United States with hundreds more planned to be completed and online by the end of the year, according to a new status update issued by the company today. All 484 locations planned as part of its first 30-month investment cycle have now been identified and secured.
Beyond the 105 sites open now, another 127 are under active construction with 42 of those completed but waiting to be energized by utilities. A further 73 sites have approved permits and are schedule for construction. The remaining 179 of the total 484 sites are still in the design and engineering stage.
“With more than 105 operational charging stations, Electrify America has reached a key milestone as we are accelerating the pace of installations across the country,” said Brendan Jones, chief operating officer at Electrify America. “These installations mean that consumers in all parts of the country now have greater access to charging and that access can help drive the awareness and adoption of zero-emissions vehicles.”
About 300 of the 484 are highway sites with between four and ten spaces for DC vehicle charging at rates of up to 150 kW, although most cars will charge slower due to limitations in their own design. These sites enable long-distance travel from coast to coast with no more than 120 miles between sites on covered routes in 42 states.
The remaining 180+ sites are designed for community charging in 17 metro areas of the country. Those sites feature between three to six charging spaces. Some of the sites will be limited to 50 kW charging but many are being designed with 150 kW capability.
Typically two of the charging spaces at each site are actually able to charge at up to around 350 kW but only a few high-end cars from Porsche and Audi are expected to take advantage of that capability during the next couple of years.
All of the charging spaces support the CCS charging standard but each site also typically has one of the spaces configured with a CHAdeMO cable which is needed by the Nissan LEAF and a few other cars from Asian makers. The CHAdeMO cables are limited to 50 kW now but can be software upgraded to 100 kW later.
Although Cycle 1 ends on June 30, construction of many of the sites will continue through the rest of this year. Cycle 2 immediately begins on July 1 and stretches until the end of 2021. A few dozen of the Cycle 2 sites are expected to be operational by the end of 2019 as well so the total operational site count is expected to exceed 500.
Payment at the sites is limited to credit cards now but later this year the company will expand options to include subscription pricing plans as well as automatic “Plug & Charge” payment when supported on a few new car models coming soon from European car makers. A new smartphone app is expected to be released in coming weeks.
According to the company, there are now:
• 105 charging sites with 465 chargers operational and open to the public;
• An additional 42 charging sites with 189 chargers which have been constructed and
waiting to be energized by utility companies;
• An additional 85 charging sites with 393 chargers in active construction;
• An additional 73 charging sites and 341 chargers with approved permits scheduled for
• An additional 179 charging sites in design and engineering;
• Total of 484 charging sites secured for Cycle 1.