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The Stack Charge plans California charging hub with retail and restaurants

Real estate developer LL Development has acquired a 1.29-acre land parcel in Baker, California, on which it plans to build a public charging hub called The Stack Charge.

The Baker site is located off I-15, a primary thoroughfare between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The Stack Charge will feature “elevated retail offerings and quick-service restaurants…outdoor lounge areas, 24/7 restroom facilities, Wi-Fi, and more.”

“The nearly 2,500-square-foot vacant drive-thru retail space will be leased to a quick-service restaurant tenant and upgraded to include an outdoor lounge and waiting area,” says the company.

The site will include 40 DC fast charging stations. The company hasn’t said who the operator(s) will be (a spokesperson told Charged that they “could not disclose our charging partners at this time”), but it did say that 8 will be “universal charging stations.” A rendering on the web site indicates that the remaining 32 may be Tesla Superchargers.

Construction on the Baker site will begin in Q4 2022, and is expected to be completed in Q2 2023. The Stack Charge hopes to build 10 charging hubs in Southern California over the next year, at locations in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego Counties.

“There is a lack of fast-charging infrastructure despite the growth of EV sales,” said Stack Charge co-founder Lester Ciudad Real. “We are looking to acquire sites that have strong retail real estate fundamentals and benefit from high transit traffic, as we anticipate demand to skyrocket as EVs continue to dominate the market.”

“Existing EV charging sites offer a poor user experience due to the lack of amenities, slow charge times, and inconvenient locations,” added co-founder Lawrence Fung. “We are aiming to redefine electric car charging by turning stations into modern hubs with experience-driven amenities.”

Source: The Stack Charge

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