Electrify America, a Volkswagen-owned company, is working to improve the charging experience for electric vehicles. On March 24, 2022, it released detailed plans for future charging stations.
We’ll go over everything we know about the changes at these EV charging stations right here.
Electrify America’s EV Chargers
Electrify America has announced several changes to its charging stations, including the installation of redesigned, ultra-fast chargers, a customer lounge, and more solar awnings to supply power to the charging stations in order to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Revamped ultra-fast chargers
Electrify America’s EV charging speeds are impressive, but the positive customer experience seems to end there. Electrify America’s chargers have been reported to turn on and off, to be out of order but appear to be working on the app, and to have issues even charging the vehicle fully.
Whether it’s due to user error or Electrify America’s software or hardware bugs, it’s clear that the company needs to make significant changes.
The revamped ultra-fast chargers from Electrify America are expected to be more reliable and have an easier-to-use digital interface.
The chargers will stand 8 feet tall, have a single connector cable with better cable management designed to reach the port on any EV, and output up to 150kW and 350kW of power.
The screen, or “human-machine-interface,” will be designed to reduce glare from the sun, making it easier to read and use, according to Electrify America’s press release.
The redesigned chargers will also be slimmer, making installation in congested urban areas easier. This is critical in order to make EV charging as simple and seamless as possible for both new and seasoned EV owners.
Customer charging lounge
The company’s stations are designed to “meet and exceed the expectations of customers moving from a gas-powered vehicle to an electric lifestyle,” according to Giovanni Palazzo, the CEO of the Volkswagen-owned company.
We’ve all had to refill up a gas car at a filthy gas station. There are cigarette stubs on the ground, the air smells like gasoline, and most gas station convenience stores aren’t very appealing; some aren’t open late at night and are dimly lit.
The goal of Electrify America is to make the transition from refueling a gas car to charging an electric car as painless as possible.
This will encourage EV owners to encourage their friends and family to buy an EV simply because charging is so much better than refueling.
All future charging stations will be comfortable, inviting, safe, and well-lit, with the goal of staying open as late as possible, if not 24/7. Valet charging is also planned for flagship locations.
We may not be able to drive solar-powered cars in 2022, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of using solar energy to power something else.
Solar awnings are already installed at the company’s flagship locations in Baker and Santa Clara, California, and the company plans to install solar panels at over 100 charging stations across the country.
This solar energy will be used to power the customer lounge, as well as additional lighting and other daily operations.
The solar energy from these solar canopies is also routed to the on-site battery energy storage systems on-site, capturing energy to help charge electric vehicles.— Electrify America
While the world works to find a completely green, zero-emission energy source to power everything in our daily lives, harnessing the sun’s energy is a perfect, small contribution to reducing our carbon footprint.