Electrify America releases map of planned charging network

Electrify America, the EVSE network founded by VW as part of its penance for the Dirty Diesel Debacle, has unveiled a map of its planned national network of charging stations.

The new company has already named its charging station suppliers, and announced partnerships with Walmart and Target to deploy some of the stations. The new map offers a preliminary look at the planned “nationwide 150 kW+ fast charging network” (although the exact locations of many of the sites have not been finalized).

The network, part of Electrify America’s Cycle One infrastructure plan, will consist of over 2,000 chargers at 484 sites in 17 metro areas and on highways in 39 states. It will use the Greenlots platform, and each location will have 50 kW CHAdeMO connectors and CCS1 connectors offering up to 350 kW.

The goal is for all the sites to be “operational or under construction” by the end of 2019.


Source: Electrify America via Electrek

  • Gary

    One station is already built on the map. The fees are $1 session fee, .30 a minutes (max 50kw currently), .40 a minute idle after charging. Four stations with CCS, one with CHAdeMO. I think I would use the 8 station Tesla supercharger down the street.

    • Ramon A. Cardona

      Very reasonable fees.

    • bytrain

      Let’s play with those numbers. To travel 100 miles, the typical smaller electric vehicle, including the new Tesla 3, will use 25 kW-hrs of energy. A 50kW DCFC will provide that, assuming linear charging, in 30 minutes. Thus, the Electrify America DCFC refuel will cost $1 + 30($0.3) or $10. My local utility, the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District (SMUD), charges a $0.35 connect fee and $0.23/kW-hr for a total cost of $6.10 ($0.35 + (25kW-hr)x($0.23/kW-hr)).

      Most folks driving smaller electric vehicles would have otherwise driven a fuel-efficient internal combustion engine car (hybrids especially). If we assume a 33mpg hybrid, then that same 100 miles would take 3 gallons of gas. Electrify America’s $10 fee then equates to $3.33 per gallon, which is in the ballpark here in California, but a bit higher than gas prices elsewhere in the nation.

      • http://electricschoolbuscampaign.org/ Tevin @ ESBC.org

        You do know that Electrify America is backed by VW right. I know that they are separate but the funding came from the settlement agreement. VW has no reason at this point to making charging cheaper than gas because they don’t sell many electric vehicles. This would hurt their sales of gas powered cars if it made electrics from BMW, Kia and Nissan more attractive before they had their electrics on the road. I know call me a conspiracy theorist.

        • bytrain

          The point was only to provide an idea of cost vs other fast charging and gasoline. Having driven electric for 7 years, I have definitely encountered higher-cost fast charging. And I had no expectation that Electrify America would give their electricity away because they have stated in their ZEV Investment Plans that their charging infrastructure must be sustainable beyond the 10-year commitment of the settlement. Being that VW doesn’t have more EVs on the road right now, it is reassuring that their fast charging appears to be cost competitive with gasoline already, at least here in California.

  • http://nextgenfastchargenetworks.blogspot.com/ Brandon

    The interesting thing about Electrify America releasing this map now that isn’t mentioned here at all, is that it was on the same day as their first charging station opened up at the Chicopee Marketplace in Massachusetts and pricing became available. I’m not sure why news site like this aren’t reporting this. I was there and wrote this report for Inside EVs:

  • Nathan Krebs

    Are we locked into an a fixed
    charging platform? Cost is a marginal consideration to EVSE charging. Customer selection will have ergonomic considerations to select a micro charging application with little to offer for customer needs outside of single task charging. Who cares what the cost per charge is? What matters is volumes of access and reliable locations. What about commercial charging? Does green lots have an answer to infrastructure expansion cost that communities will pick up? Green Lots, I challenge you to a charging efficiency contests. I will not only prove I have better solutions for EV America. Macro-charging should be the consideration all urban communities will be learning about as the City of Seattle proves Walmart and other micro-charging centers will frustrate customer by charging/shopping. Tell us what your are charging, when you are coming/going and how many miles you want. We customize your charging schedule 100 chargers at a time. Commercial EV charging centers need Adaptive Load Management to charge the random needs for fleets.

    • Gary

      ” Who cares what the cost per charge is?”… I would say the majority of EV owners care. How many people would buy an EV if a Prius costs 1/3 as much to refuel? This is probably why most of the Blink chargers are empty.

      • mark fitzpatrick

        Blink chargers are the worst in the industry. We opened a ikea in Columbus Ohio a year ago and 2 of the 3 level 2 blink Chargers are always broke.

    • Ramon A. Cardona

      Nathan, you do look out for cheap gasoline? Only the mentally obtuse will not drive 1/2 mile to pay .20 cents less per gallon. The EV charging station issue is the same. In Louisville KY the power company has Level 2 chargers at $3.25 per hour. They do not get used. The free/low cost ones get used a lot! For a national network to be practical the fee, location, reliability and facilities all must work.The Washington/Oregon/California Electric Highway works in this fashion!

      • http://nextgenfastchargenetworks.blogspot.com/ Brandon

        Yes, reliable is definitely the key, and fortunately it’s now becoming common for EVgo and others to install 2 DCFC minimum per location. From here on out the best is 4 or more 150+ kW now that such hardware is available.

        Pricing across major network operators in the U.S. seems to be $0.20 $0.30 per minute, which is $0.40 to $0.60 per kWh when average kW rate is 30 kW. If 45 kW, like a Bolt EV, then it’s $0.25 to $0.38 per kWh.

  • Lance Pickup

    2000 chargers at 484 sites is just a tad over 4 chargers at each site. Is this going to be enough to serve the needs of all non-Tesla EVs (and maybe even some Teslas?) I think the Supercharger network in the US is currently at just over 500 sites and just over 4000 stalls, so average of 8 per site.

    I’m glad they have finally released a map and it’s not quite as fragmented as originally thought, but I’m hoping that as the number of EVs that can utilize these sites increase that there is sufficient motivation to increase the number of chargers per site to keep up with demand.

    • nordlyst

      It’s not enough for a fully electric fleet. But it may be enough for several years to come, and it’s not smart to build a lot more than what’s needed for the next few years. This certainly looks like a great start to me.

  • brenno

    Looks like a really great start to the EVSE network. Lets hope they build off this and increase it to make it a truly national network as the demand increases.