Electrify America (Volkswagen’s subsidiary that manages a $2 billion post-dieselgate charging infrastructure plan) announced four suppliers of the DC fast chargers for the infrastructure project that will be launched this Spring.
In total, more than 2,000 DC fast chargers are to be installed at 484 locations by the end of 2019.
***UPDATE - Walmart announced as main install site. Press release attached at bottom of article.
Chargers will be supplied by ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet.
Here is the map with planned installations - 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 states.
Electrify America fast charging network
Signet charger for Electrify America
According to the press release, there will be between 3 to 6 chargers at metropolitan locations and between 4 to 10 on highways stations.
Chargers will be equipped with both CCS Combo (J1772 Combo) plugs and CHAdeMO plugs.
The CCS plugs and cables are to be liquid-cooled RADOX HPC (High Power Charging), supplied by the HUBER+SUHNER, and because of that will be capable for 150 kW or 350 kW.
However, while only some chargers will be 50 kW (probably some metropolitan locations), the CHAdeMO plugs seem to be constrained with the 50 kW output level everywhere - read more about the topic in our separate story here:
The chargers are custom made for the Electrify America and will accept credit cards.
Designing and Deploying more than 2,000 Ultra-Fast Electric Vehicle Chargers across the U.S., Electrify America Selects ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet as Charging Equipment Suppliers
DC Fast Chargers to Provide Charging Speeds of up to 20 Miles of range per Minute
BTC Power charger for Electrify America
Reston, VA (April 17, 2018) – Electrify America announced today it has selected key charging equipment suppliers – ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet – to jointly deploy its new ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging systems throughout the United States.
The charging equipment suppliers will share delivery of more than 2,000 chargers across 484 stations in the U.S. The charging systems will offer the first-ever certified cooled-cable 150/350 kilowatt (kW) DC Fast Charger. Electric vehicle chargers that offer this kind of power deliver energy for up to 20 miles of range per minute of charge at 350kW, which is seven times faster than today’s 50kW DC chargers.
“These state-of-the-art chargers will provide the latest in charging technology for today’s electric vehicles and those expected in the future that will feature larger batteries,” said Mark McNabb, President and CEO of Electrify America. “We want to be sure that our systems are prepared for this growing market, and ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet will help us deliver chargers that are ultra-fast, convenient, reliable and future-proof.”
With a focus on both future and present-day electric vehicles, Electrify America’s charging systems will have a range in power from 50kW, the most commonly used fast charging for electric vehicles today, up to 350kW for its highway stations. The Electrify America systems will also offer DC Fast Chargers ranging from 50kW to 150kW for metro locations. An L2 AC charger will also be offered at a majority of metro DC fast charging stations to accommodate plug-in hybrids and non-DC-charge capable EVs.
Electrify America fast charging station
All charging stations will offer a CHAdeMO1 (50kW) connector, plus additional dual-handle chargers with CCS1 (50 to 150kW or350 kW) connectors, ensuring that all fast charging capable cars will be able to use the Electrify America stations. Metropolitan charging stations will have three to six chargers with CCS1 connectors, while highway stations will offer four to ten.
The chargers have been custom-designed for Electrify America and have several advanced features including liquid-cooled cables. This is the first time that liquid cooled CCS1 charging cables have received certification. The cooling is a key factor in enabling higher-amperage charging without a significant increase in the cable thickness for charging power at and above 150kW from 350 amps.
The majority of Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging systems will utilize the RADOX® HPC (High Power Charging) System from HUBER+SUHNER which features a much smaller cable cross section than the traditional high-powered cable option. These cooled cables are thinner, more flexible, lighter and easier to handle.
The chargers will have an all new intuitive and informative 15-inch touch screen display, to provide a simplified “Plug-Pay-Charge-Go” experience, including opt-in text notifications for in-session monitoring and receipt delivery.
In addition, the chargers will also feature redundant physical buttons below the display to navigate through the various screens. Credit card readers are included for universal driver access to the Electrify America network. Functionally, the chargers are up to eight feet high designed for optimal visibility and easy vehicle charge port access without complex, maintenance prone mechanical cable management systems.
Electrify America will begin installing the ultra-fast charging systems this spring with the goal of all stations being operational or under construction at 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 states by the end of 2019 as part of its Cycle One infrastructure investment. Stations will be located at convenient parking areas with access to retail, dining, and other facilities and attractions.
“Two of the key issues impacting EV sales today are convenient charging locations and charging speeds that are not fast enough,” McNabb said. “By placing our ultra-fast charging systems in locations drivers enjoy stopping at, we help reduce charging anxiety and increase the public acceptance of electric vehicles. Dramatically increasing the charging speed by offering the first-ever certified cooled-cable 150/350kW DC Fast Chargers is also a significant step, meaning less time is spent refueling.”
Electrify America Installing Electric Vehicle Chargers at more than 100 Walmart Locations Charging Stations will feature Electrify America’s DC 350kW Fast Charger
Reston, VA (April 18, 2018) – Electrify America announced today it will install electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations across 34 states by June 2019. This initiative will more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart stores across the U.S.
The announcement is expected to make Walmart one of the leading electric vehicle charging station hosts in the U.S. retail sector. Through Electrify America’s focus on both future and present-day electric vehicles, Walmart customers will be able to access ultra-fast charging systems with the latest charging technology available.
“The expansion of Walmart’s electric vehicle charging facilities with our ultra-fast charging systems will provide consumers with a quick and convenient way to charge their vehicles in thetime it takes to make their Walmart purchases,” said Mark McNabb, President and CEO of Electrify America. “EV owners need a convenient, reliable and fast turnaround in recharging their vehicles. Walmart is the perfect partner for Electrify America to bring electric charging services to EV owners who value their time.”
“Along with providing our customers with an enhanced shopping experience through added convenience, this initiative also allows us to contribute to the expansion of our nation’s EV charging station infrastructure,” said Mark Vanderhelm, Vice President of Energy for Walmart, Inc. “Providing this service is the right thing to do for our customers, our business, and the environment.”
The Electrify America charging systems located at Walmart stores will offer the first-ever certified cooled-cable 150 to 350 kilowatt (kW) DC Fast Chargers. Electric vehicle chargers that offer this kind of power deliver energy for up to 20 miles of range per minute, which is seven times faster than today’s 50kW DC chargers.
Electrify America’s charging systems will have a range in power from 50kW, the most commonly used fast charging for electric vehicles today, up to 350kW for its highway stations. The Electrify America systems will also offer DC Fast Chargers ranging from 50kW to 150kW for metro locations. An L2 AC charger will also be offered at a majority of metro DC fast charging stations to accommodate plug-in hybrids and non-DC-charge capable EVs.
The majority of the new, larger battery EVs expected by 2020 from many manufacturers will typically use up to 150kW while at least one manufacturer will offer 320kW charging performance.
All charging stations will offer a CHAdeMO1 (50kW) connector, plus additional dual-handle dispensers with CCS1 (50 to 350 kW) connectors, ensuring that all fast charging capable cars will be able to use the Electrify America stations, regardless of their charge point locations.
The chargers will have an all new intuitive and informative 15-inch touch screen display, with much of this content also available on the Electrify America App, meaning customers can manage their charging sessions from their smartphone. The new user interface is designed to provide a simplified “Plug-Pay-Charge-Go” experience, including opt-in text notifications. In addition, the chargers will also feature redundant physical buttons below the display screen, as well as a credit card reader for universal driver access. Functionally and aesthetically, the chargers are up to eight feet high to provide easier vehicle charge port access without complex, maintenance prone mechanical cable management systems while the height increases charger