Electrify America To Install 2,800 Workplace Chargers, Plus 2,000 Fast Chargers


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Electrify America (Volkswagen’s subsidiary that manages a $2 billion post-dieselgate charging infrastructure plan) has announced installation plans for 2,800 Level 2 charging station at workplaces (≈75%) and residential multi-unit dwellings (≈25%) across the U.S.

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Installations are envisioned at ≈500 sites, in 17 of the biggest metropolitan areas (all with more than one charging station).

Typically the Level 2 charging station enables to replenish around 20-25 miles of driving range per hour.

The list of metropolitan areas (six in California):

  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland
  • Raleigh
  • Seattle
  • Washington, DC

The job will be conducted by three companies – SemaConnect, EV Connect and Greenlots – that were selected to build out, operate and maintain the stations.

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In addition, some 2,000 fast chargers in 39 states will be installed at highway locations no more than 120 miles apart.

The new infrastructure is to be ready by June 2019.

“Approximately 75% of the new charging station sites will be located at workplaces, with the remainder at apartment buildings, condominiums and other multi-family properties. This aligns with one of the goals for the Electrify America program which is to increase charging infrastructure at the workplace, the second most likely place a vehicle spends time parked. Employees with chargers at their workplace are six times more likely to drive a plug-in electric vehicle than the average worker, and chargers located at the workplace can potentially double an electric vehicle owner’s daily driving range.2

Joining Electrify America in this initiative are SemaConnect, EV Connect and Greenlots. These electric vehicle charging station industry leaders will work with property developers, office space facility managers and other real estate site hosts to install, operate and maintain charging stations, providing a unique benefit to workplace and residential property owners. The companies have committed to install 35% of all multi-family and workplace sites in California in designated low-income or disadvantaged community areas. Chargers installed under this program will be interoperable with the Electrify America charging network.

Workplace and multi-unit dwelling charging stations will be installed in six California metropolitan areas – Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose – as well as in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle and Washington, DC.”

Mark McNabb, CEO of Electrify America said:

“One of the biggest barriers to the mass-market adoption of electric vehicles is access to chargers. Having chargers where people work – and live – will help them see that an electric vehicle can be their primary vehicle because charging is convenient and reliable at the places where they spend time.”

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67 responses to "Electrify America To Install 2,800 Workplace Chargers, Plus 2,000 Fast Chargers"
  1. CarGuy says:

    We shall see how much money get blown on the overhead.They are missing coverage in South Texas.

    1. ffbj says:

      I think you mean North TX, Houston is in South TX.

      1. CarGuy says:

        Nope south texas. Corpus Christi, Brownsville,and the other southern cities down here are getting no chargers.

    2. Recoil says:

      I know in California they were talking about putting a bunch of these chargers in low income areas. You know where all the 35K+ electric vehicles are.

      Left to the government there will be pennies on the dollar actually going to getting the chargers installed.

      First their will have to be surveys done to see if any animal will be impacted, then the special interest groups will get involved making sure that the cords are proper height for any wheelchair personnel which will need another study.
      Then comes the nepotism and contribution favors to get the contracts and locations for where to put the chargers.

      Then after all that they may actually put in a couple chargers as long as it is done by union worker who happen to be on strike.

      1. Ben says:

        You just described my coworkers they are government employees.I can’T get any work done without having a 100 excuses why something may not work.

  2. Texas FFE says:

    Where did the 2,000 fast chargers come from? I thought it was only 290 fast chargers by June 2019.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      It’s really kind of confusing but there are actually two Electrify America plans, a $800,000 plan for California and a $1,200,000 for the rest of the country. The plan for California indicates that there are approximated 50 fast charging stations for the “high-speed highway network” included in the first cycle. The plan for the rest of the country indicates that there are approximated 240 fast charging stations for the “high-speed highway network” included in the first cycle with 150 expected to actually to be functional at the end of the cycle.

      The plan for California indicates that there are approximated 350+ charging stations for the “community charging” network included in the first cycle. The plan for the rest of the country indicates that there are approximated 300+ charging stations for the “community charging” network included in the first cycle. The plans indicate that the “community charging” stations would include a mix of AC L2, DC 50 kW and DC 150+ kW chargers.

      When I add all this up I get 940+ charging “stations” but I have no idea how many “chargers” this is. 2,800 chargers and 2,000 fast chargers could be right, who knows? I wish Electrify America would generate a list of proposed stations with locations, the number of charger types and the date when the stations will be/were installed.

      1. Texas FFE says:

        Make that $800,000,000 and $1,200,000,000. So many zeros!

      2. Texas FFE says:

        There is a December 18, 2017 press release that all of the 2,800 chargers will be L2 chargers. So, if there going to be 2,000 fast chargers installed under cycle one, then the total number of chargers installed under cycle one would be 4,800. It’s really not very clear.

      3. Jeff N says:

        If you look here you will see a map of the approximate US highway route locations and 17 community metro areas that they aim to complete by June, 2019:


        1. Brandon says:

          Yes!! Thanks for covering this type of stuff Jeff!! I look forward to following your site!!

        2. pjwood1 says:

          Nice link! What is interesting to me, is it looks a lot like Tesla’s supercharge.info map back around 2015. At about that time, I remember hearing they had about a half-billion invested. Call it hearsay, but it jives.

          Maintenance and chargers per site are still tall orders, if they are to take on Tesla. I wonder if any are Porsche dealers, or if that announcement is separate from Electrify’s?

          1. Brandon says:

            It’s definitely separate from Porsche dealer infrastructure that Porsche will install.

        3. CarGuy says:

          Yep, map shows zero in South Texas.

  3. WadeTyhon says:

    Houston but not the more EV friendly areas of DFW or Austin? That don’t make no sense! 😛

    1. R.S says:

      IMO it’s a good idea to put it in less EV friendly cities.

      Infrastructure is a hen and egg problem, so if you put chargers there, people might be more inclined to buy EVs.

      1. Brian D says:

        Yea… so why no midwest cities? A few locations in Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh….. would go a long way to promoting EVs.

        1. Will says:

          Thank you. No wonder people here buy mostly phev or rex. The charging infrastructure is crap here in the mid west

    2. VazzedUp says:

      Why put highway chargers where people start from 😉 you want them where they arrive, or are in transit through.
      Have heard that other Colorado Cities will be getting chargers in this years wave of installs, so that city list is not complete.

    3. All-Purpose Guru says:

      It’s a lot easier to charge in Dallas than it is in Houston. MUCH much rather have chargers in Houston, big oil seems to HATE electric cars.

      (that was a joke, jeez)

  4. Tom says:

    Why is it that Tesla, and apparently only Tesla, understands that widespread EV adoption requires, more than anything else, high speed chargers installed on the interstate highway system to enable long distance intercity travel.

    What the article above describes sounds like an attempt to further strengthen intracity EV use only. That’s not really what we need.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      I guess you didn’t read the part that says “2000 fast chargers in 39 states at highways locations”.

      1. R.S says:

        Sure he didn’t, he read the title with chargers and electrify America and went straight to the comments…

        1. Tom says:

          The default obnoxious post.

          No, I didn’t just read the title and then move to the comments. In fact, this article is several paragraphs long and ALL of it is about the level 2 chargers in cities, EXCEPT one sentence “In addition, some 2,000 fast chargers in 39 states will be installed at highway locations no more than 120 miles apart.”

          I missed this sentence. My bad.

    2. David Murray says:

      While I agree that the fast chargers are essential, many people overlook the importance of ubiquitous level-2 chargers. When people see EVs plugged in at retail locations, it is a constant reminder to people that EVs exist. Not only that, but it also gives people confidence that there are places to charge an EV if they decide to buy one. Most non-EV drivers don’t understand the difference between level-2 and DCFC. They just see a charger, and therefor added confidence.

      1. John says:

        That’s fine for the first EV for my family. It’s a great way for us to get around the metro area cheap. But we can’t go all electric without a travel network.

        It’s fun for me to find L2 places to fill up free, but with 150 miles of range, I never need it.

        I need L3, and I need a network of it, to go all EV.

      2. Murrysville EV says:

        I don’t see the point in sipping 20 miles from a public charger while I’m shopping for an hour, once a week.

        When I had my 12 Leaf, I used public chargers only a few times in 3 years, and high-speed charging only twice. L2 wasn’t worth it, and L3 was too far away to even reach.

        Longer-range EVs will have even less need for a Level 2 charger, IMO.

        1. Will says:

          LEVEL 2 for workplaces like retail and factories and fast chargers in urban and highways

        2. Texas FFE says:

          I use both SAE J1772 AC Level 2 and SAE J1772 DC Level 2 chargers often. There are many reasons for using both. I’m probably lucky that I live close enough to fast chargers that I can always grab a quick charge whenever I need one.

          1. Brandon says:

            Yeah, I wish there was a fast charger in my town. That would help me to travel and know I could fill up a couple miles before I get home.

        3. marshall says:

          It depends on the cost. If it’s free to charge up, then I’m interested.

        4. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

          “I don’t see the point in sipping 20 miles from a public charger while I’m shopping for an hour, once a week.”

          I know about 20 peeps myself (if not 90% of folks) that will always plug in if it’s available. Especially if it’s at a shopping mall where many folks may live 20 minutes away.

          Whether they go once a week or every day, if it’s available they will charge.

        5. u_serious? says:

          I see Tesla and bolt owners plugged into L2 3.3kw chargers all the time.

          1. bro1999 says:

            Preemptive STFU to anyone that says Bolts and Teslas shouldn’t ever use L2 charging stations because they should be reserved for short range BEVs.

      3. VazzedUp says:

        Plans show both Level two and Level 3 (150-350kW) chargers at each location.

  5. William L. says:

    Still curious how much they are going to charge for electricity?

    Free? How long can that last until the money dry out.

    Fee? Most stations will be sitting there collecting bird poops

    1. Texas FFE says:

      I doubt the charging cost will be much more than the cost of electricity. The new EVgo plans are very competitive and I think EVgo is now profitable.

      1. Brandon says:

        I would seriously doubt that Electrify America’s pricing will be less than $0.25 per kWh.
        Also, I can assure you that EVgo is quite far from profitable. To my knowledge, it’s mostly just some fast charge locations in Europe are breaking even in operating costs at this point.

        1. Texas FFE says:

          Companies don’t usually lower prices when they are losing money. EVgo is owned by Vision Ridge Partners, LLC, which is a private investment corporation, so it’s hard to get any financial information on EVgo. What makes you think EVgo is not profitable?

          1. Brandon says:

            I don’t actually know why they lowered their pricing, but I can guess why. I’m thinking that it’s so they get in line with most DCFC provider pricing worldwide and also get more volume to help. Just like a sale draws more people into a store and more of a particular product is sold, even tho at a lesser margin… in the end it pays.
            Regarding EVgo’s profitability, again, I can’t say that yes, I know they’re not profitable, but I do know for a fact that DCFC providers aren’t even breaking even on most locations. It takes a few hours of use per day to just do that, and as I may have mentioned here on Inside EVs, utility demand charges are up to 90% of the electric cost for DCFC. As an example, a couple DCFC locations that Fastned has in the Netherlands are paying for themselves as of 2016 as per their announcement. At this point there many be more than just a couple… possibly a dozen would be my guess, if even that. It takes quite a bit of volume…..

            1. bro1999 says:

              Simple: volume sales.

              Having 1,000 paying members of a $10/month plan brings in 5x the revenue of having 100 paying members of a $20/month plan.

              I know lots of people that never signed up for an EVgo plan because they did not like the old pricing, but have since signed up for the new $10/month subscription plan.

              1. Brandon says:

                I believe you have a valid point. I’ve constantly heard people complain about EVgo’s rates previously. Makes sense that more people will sign up for the membership too, since now it’s cheaper with a membership if you do two fast charges a month.

                1. bro1999 says:

                  Basically, the only people that would see an increase in charging costs that were under the old plan ($14.95 a month/10 cents a min) were people that fast charged over 3 hours a month, which has to be a tiny, tiny slice of EVgo members.

                  On the flip side, many people (especially the user that only fast charges once or twice a month), will see savings upwards of 50% compared to any of the old plans. The new plans are infinitely better than the old ones. Even people that sign up for the “Pay as you go” plan will see significant savings due to the elimination of the $4.95 session charge.

                  1. Brandon says:

                    Exactly. It’s a welcome move from EVgo.

  6. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    I hope these AC L2 EVSE’s are 10KW at the least. These slowa$ss 3.3Kw trickle charges suck.

    They need to put these at shopping malls, colleges, movie theaters………and courthouses…….lol

    Also, these EVSE’s need to be smart enough to charge according to below….

    When fully charged and done but plugged in…
    Continue charging regular $$$ rate for 15 mins and round up.
    After 15 more mins, double the regular $$$ rate for 15 mins and round up.
    After the first 30 mins above, quadruple regular $$$ rate for 15 mins and round up.
    After the above first hour, charge a flat rate of $25 in addition to the cost above.
    If V2G is capable, start putting juice back to the grid at a rate of 10KW till SOC=50%

    I hate jackoffs that think they own the spot after topping off in the morning and stay there all day.

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      They should also be able to identify if the car is a plugin hybrid. If so deny the use of the EVSE. There are too many of these where I park that top off and keep their phev plugged in all friggin day……….effin jerks. Especially the ones at the SMUD buildings!!!!

      1. bro1999 says:

        First come, first served. Even a crappy Gen 1 PiP. As long as they are actively charging, a PHEV has the right to charge just like any other BEV.

      2. EVShopper says:

        It’s the entitled Tesla owner jerks that park in an EVSE spot and aren’t charging that piss me off more than PHEV owners charging.

    2. Will says:

      Shopping centers, municipal buildings, government offices, airports, train staion, Cineplex, Malls, factories, amazon fullfill ment centers, DC. Workplacees provides by employee commuter pool. Fast chargers should be at least 3 fast chargers location in the urban metro core and on the interstates between other metros area

    3. Will says:

      After thier seccion is done, extra charge of 10% for of the first 10 min, extra 25% to the charge at 15min mark, Extra 100% of charge after 18min mark for each min. Thats will deter these bums

  7. Will says:

    Boo, i hate it. No chargers in ohio. Cleveland metro and Columbus metro is bigger then Fresno and Sacramento whoch already have chargers 🤔😒

    1. menorman says:

      But Ohio doesn’t have CARB.

      1. Will says:

        Who care about carb its about being fair. Its america

  8. Murrysville EV says:

    1. All those cities vote D.

    2. “The companies have committed to install 35% of all multi-family and workplace sites in California in designated low-income or disadvantaged community areas.”

    Which means this is a politically-based move, and the chargers in these locations will never be used, because they don’t have EVs.

    Are these cities also subsidizing these new chargers? Because I can’t imagine Electrify America installing chargers to lose money.

    What a boondoggle.

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      Yeah, let’s go charge our $30K cars in the ghetto………lol

      What will happen is they will get used so infrequently they will abandon all maintenance.

    2. Gasbag says:

      Fresno has more EVs than Columbus and Sact has a lot more EVs than Fresno.

      The program in Ca is administered differently than the one for the rest of the US. The requirements for under privileged locales was added in response to Putin’s Pal’s refrain about EVs being only for the rich so you can thank the fossil fools for that.

    3. menorman says:

      Which means this is a politically-based move, and the chargers in these locations will never be used, because they don’t have EVs.

      Why do you think that people in disadvantaged communities don’t drive EVs, especially in California where used Leafs and 500es are dirt cheap and everywhere these days?

  9. hpver says:

    Is this just for a first phase? Because no way it should cost anywhere near $2 billion to do this.

    Figure a generous $150K for each of the 2,000 fast chargers and you’ve only spent $300 million. Figure a generous $10K for each of the 2,800 L2 chargers and it only adds another $28 million. So 314 million. Even if my estimates are under by 30% they will have only spent a little over $400 million. Where is the rest of the money going?

    1. hpver says:

      Sorry. Should be $328 million total. Still …

    2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      We’ll be lucky to see 30% of those funds in place.
      It’ll be mismanaged and have cost overruns with overhead for some CIO or whatever hired to oversee the logistics.

      It will sound like the damn CA bullet train fiasco with delays and cost overages……lol

      1. Will says:

        They should have gotten the china to build the high speed rail because it would have been built by now

  10. Vinny says:

    Hopefully there is some money in that budget for maintaining the chargers that are installed. Greenlots installed a lot of DCFC systems in NC and has basically abandoned many of them. Once a system stops working Greenlots takes it off their net and it never gets fixed.

  11. u_serious? says:

    You’ll probably have the belong to their network to use the chargers.

    Get ready to add another app or keychain barcode!!

    1. menorman says:

      I already have the EV Connect and Greenlots app and an account and can activate SemaConnect via Plugshare, so I’ll be fine.

      1. bro1999 says:

        Seriously, wtf happened to ROEV?

    2. EVShopper says:

      The system is design to be open to supporting all networks with an open billing protocol.

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