Electrify America Adds A “Locate A Charger” Map: See If It Works Here

OCT 30 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 36

As Electrify America’s presence grows, a map and charger location tool is a welcome addition.

While it’s clear from the image above, Electrify America has a long way to go in developing and implementing its charging network, though any updates are appreciated. The best part about the entire situation is that Volkswagen, as part of the Dieselgate settlement, is mandated to grow this charging network exponentially over a short period of time. Not only does VW Group have the financing and resources at its disposal to do so, it will also benefit from the network in huge ways, as it intends to expand its efforts to go EV-only in the coming years.

There’s plenty of talk about the fact that VW Group is big on announcements but short on developments. There’s also considerable dialogue about the reality that Tesla’s Supercharger network is way above and beyond anything else out there in terms of EV charging and the realization that no other automaker is really even attempting to catch up. But, VW is claiming to be an outlier. The company is advertising an electric vehicle push that could potentially be arguably larger than anything else we’ve seen to date from traditional OEMs. Moreover, if it comes to be, VW Group’s endeavors could prove to rival Tesla in the space.

In addition, if eventually realized, VW’s advertised plans for electric vehicles could mean that there will be EVs for ALL in a multitude of classes and price points in the not-too-far future. While we may seem to throw some shade at VW Group in regard to its time-consuming EV efforts and interesting lack of support thereof, there may not be a brand better-suited to forward the trend of EV adoption in the most unreal sense. We have our fingers crossed and so should you.

Electrify America has been somewhat slow to update its website and media shares, but we can only hope that this new map is just the start of a new effort to apprise people of future growth. Let’s take a look at the map in detail. Remember, you can click on it and enter your own address to get current results. However, read on below …

Sadly, we couldn’t even get the EA map to search different areas or update properly. In planning this article, we hoped to hone in on a few different locales and show how the new site system works to prove EA’s growing venture. But it doesn’t work as advertised.

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36 Comments on "Electrify America Adds A “Locate A Charger” Map: See If It Works Here"

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Viking79

PlugShare works better at identifying Electrify America charging stations. Looks like they need to do some improvements. The site kind of works for me, however it doesn’t calculate the distance right to the charging station (I think it is looking at my IP address location of my proxy instead of my actual location that I typed in).

Website aside, I am really glad to see the strong growth of the CCS network in areas where they wouldn’t otherwise be placed. These chargers along major highways make long distance travel possible for those outside of coastal areas, and the multiple chargers per station are a better model for travel. Having 1 CCS at some small store works okay, but invariably it is taken when you get there.

bro1999

The EA site does show you exactly how many plugs are at each active site. The Plugshare info can be off sometimes.

Brandon

VERY good point!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Chargepoint sometimes shows stalls unoccupied but when you get there they’re all full and actively charging.

That’s a big Boooooooooo…….

Cypress

Blinks app will show a charger available, if someone is taking up the space idling. So you go, and the. Can’t unplug the EV that’s done charging, because the @ss has the chargeplug locked.

mzs112000

It gets worse, if you look at Plugshare, it shows that some CCS unit’s have been non-operational for a while now(it’s mostly the 24kW ones….)

ffbj

VW will never rival Tesla in the charging space. Come On.

Andy

It doesn’t need to. Tesla have a proprietary charger. EA are using an open system adopted by most other brands so they can team up with other companies to create a much bigger network – something they have already announced.

Klaus

The problem from my experience owning two non-Tesla EV’s and also owning Teslas, is when the auto manufacturer isn’t responsible for maintaining the charging network, there’s little accountability for the manufacturer to make sure it’s working and no way to be truly be sure if a given charger is online.

Andy

If a company is installing chargers for profit then they will keep them in good order – if they don’t its wasted capital.

Presumably you’re talking about something like Chargepoint, which isn’t administered by a central company?

Vinny

Greenlots is a good example of a company that installs chargers for profit but doesn’t maintain them very well.

Andy

They won’t stay in business very long then. 😀

eject

In my experience this is only an issue if stations are not run for profit.

Texas Leaf

EA added the new map one week ago. Before the map was refreshed the total identified EA stations stood at 64 but now there are 162 EA station locations identified according to PlugShare. It’s taking on average about three months to get the stations operational once construction starts.

If EA keeps up this pace then they should have all 464 Cycle 1 stations up and running by June of next year as planned. That land locked feeling I have always had with my electric vehicles is quickly disappearing. I’m looking forward to next year and the next eight years until the full EA build out with anticipation and excitement.

Brandon

Good info Dave. Thanks for what you’re doing too. I watch PlugShare a lot, and I see you’re quite active. Your comment on here once (about the EA Wolfcreek location in TN) earlier this year is what alerted me to the fact that Electrify America was indeed beginning construction of their first few stations.
And, of course, I was super excited to go to the first station opening!! Here’s the article I wrote if anyone missed it:
https://insideevs.com/insideevs-visits-first-ultra-fast-ccs-station-in-u-s/

Texas Leaf

It’s funny you should mention Wolfcreek, that station appeared complete back in April and it was one of the first locations identified on PlugShare but that station still is not operational. Several people have contacted EA for a status on this station but EA is not giving out any information. Since a lot of stations have gone operational much quicker since April, I have to assume that EA learned from whatever mistakes they made at Wolfcreek.

Texas Leaf

At the Island City, OR station, they had to remove the cabinets, on what appeared to be a completed installation, and bust out the concrete pad. So EA has had thier share of station installation problems. With so many installations going on simultaneously we have to except a few installations to not go smoothly.

Brandon

Right. It’s incredible tho. We’re finally getting a decent long distance CCS and CHadeMO network, although only one CHadeMO plug per location really doesn’t help things.

BoltUp

The update moved EA from 12 to 30 operating Charging Stations. Interestingly I contacted EA in connection with the station going up a few miles from me. The issue was that each pedestal was centered on the parking stall, yet each pedestal had two charging cords. I thought this odd as five pedestals in a line had 10 cords but could only reach 6 (at max) charging stalls. I was told that each pedestal could only charge one vehicle at a time and that the dual CCS cords were there to ensure any charging port location could be reached, and could not be used simultaneously. Seems like an odd overbuild, but thats why each parking stall has a dedicated two cable pedestal.

David

Do you know how many cabinets they had on site powering the 5 pedestals?

Cypress

I wondered about that. Seems a waste, if you have a stall capable of 150kw or 350kw charging and can’t split that between vehicles.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Tesla should sell an option to add a CCS port in the front part of the car somewhere.

I’m not a fan of the charge port in the back end of the car. Most public stalls are in the front of the parking spot and some have short cables.

Viking79

Exactly, and parked in a garage with groceries in your trunk having to back in is awkward. Means installing the EVSE far back, which makes exiting the garage from that side awkward. Plus, with my i3 vs Volt, I could see the charge cord on the Volt and couldn’t really enter the car without unplugging it. With the i3 you can forget it on the passenger side rear much easier.

Andy

Backing in to a parking spot is a lot safer than backing out. People should back in, rather than just pull in. It makes leaving the spot a lot safer as you can see what’s on the road.

https://www.vox.com/2016/8/1/11926596/safer-back-into-parking-spaces

I honestly don’t understand why people pull into spots (unless it’s a pull through), or there’s some specific reason (loading large item or pulling a trailer etc.

Viking79

The only spots where backing in is really easier is diagonal street parking in busy areas. The act of backing into a small spot is more difficult than backing into a large open area.

With rear cameras and cross traffic systems I would argue it is safer to pull in and back out as the camera can show what is happening well before you can see past a hood. I almost had the nose of my i3 taken off last week as I backed into a spot (freaking rear charger) and trucks parked on either side and couldn’t see pulling forward past them until my front was like 3 ft out into the drive.

Andy

It’s not about it being easier*, it’s about it being safer. It is intrinsically safer to pull out of a spot than back out, no matter the additional technology. You can usually physically see the road before you pull out as most hoods are pretty short. Backing out means you have to get 3/4 of your vehicle out of the space, relying on cross traffic to let you know if anything is there.

A parking spot is an example of a controlled space. You know there is nothing there as you’ve checked before you reverse. A road is not.

And regarding ease, it also depends on the size of the vehicle. With something large, like a truck, it’s usually easier to reverse/pull out than pull in and reverse out due to the angles needed in regular car parks.

There’s definitely a cultural thing here as well. Go to a European car park and most people will have backed in. Go to one in North America and the vast majority of people pull in.

*well actually it is, people don’t like/aren’t taught to back in to a space.

3laine

Fun fact, the Japanese i3s have the J1772 plug inside the frunk… and a Chademo port where the normal i3 port is.

eject

The fact that you need a second inlet for AC is what stalled Chademo in its tracks and lead to the development of the combo style connector. I really don’t know what the people at Nissan were thinking.
You i3 example is similar for all the other cars coming from home markets with a combo that need to have two inlet spaces for the Japanese and Chinese market.

Ben

“Sadly, we couldn’t even get the EA map to search different areas or update properly.”

As i expected it, as it is simply using the google maps api, it works perfect for me. Tested with Firefox and the Vivaldi (Webkit) browser.

GRA

As has been noted, EA has already opened 30 high-power QC sites, and done so in under six months (May 2nd was the first). By comparison, it took Tesla 1 year to get to either 27 or 29 (depending on how you count the two N/S sites they opened in that time) U.S. SCs, and that included delaying to open six all on the same day for the grand opening on Oct. 19th, 2012. EA has opened 15 this month, after opening 3 last month.

The site works for me, although it’s a bit slow to show all the icons.

Brian

Exactly. EA may have started about 6 years later than Tesla, but they seem to be on an even faster trajectory. Plus there are other CHAdeMO/CCS networks around (EVGo being the largest), so it’s really not so dire for non-Tesla EVs. And it’s getting better very quickly.

Cypress

Is there a link to the map somewhere buried in the article?

ElonsBestFriend

Let’s see the I-80 build out across Nevada get finished !!!

menorman

The real question is will it also show the Electrify Canada (and eventually Electrify Mexico?) sites on the EA map.