Electrify America plans to create network of charging systems that will connect the west coast to the east coast
Electrify America has selected ABB to supply Terra HP high power 350kW chargers to get its landmark infrastructure project underway.
As part of its $2bn investment over the next 10 years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education, Electrify America plans to place chargers on highway routes at intervals of no more than 120 miles (195 kilometres) to create corridors of connected charging points.
The three inaugural installations have been unveiled in Chicopee, Massachusetts, as well as Fincastle and Reston, Virginia, with many more charging sites expected to come this year.
According to ABB, growing battery sizes have increased demand for faster charging. When DC fast charging was first introduced, the idea that an EV could charge in less than 30 minutes with a 50kW DC fast charger was a significant step forward.
While not many EVs can charge at 350kW yet, these sites are reportedly future-proof, serving both today’s battery electric vehicles and those in the future that may benefit from improvements in battery technology. This will enable fast charging times for even the longest range EVs, it said.
“A few years ago, the idea of putting 350kW of direct power into a consumer’s hand was considered unheard of,” said Frank Muehlon, head of global business for electric vehicle charging, ABB. “Now we have created a new standard for high power charging with next generation vehicles.”
New EVs have batteries three or four times the size of those original electric vehicles, making the fast, convenient and flexible charging essential to EV ownership. The way to achieve this is to dramatically increase the power delivery, and ABB said it has worked closely with many vehicle OEMs and suppliers to push this technology where it needed to go.
The need for a robust, higher power charging network will increase as demand for fast charging capability keeps pace with the development of vehicles carrying larger batteries for longer distance travel.
Electrify America aims to fill this need, creating a nationwide network of high power charging systems that will connect the west coast to the east coast, and aggressively fill in locations across the Plains, Great Lakes and Southern States, that previously hadn’t benefited from a high number of corridor connected charging points.
“We feel very proud to have achieved many firsts when it comes to EV charging infrastructure,” added Muehlon. “With Electrify America’s historic investment in US charging infrastructure, we can now claim another first with the launch of 350kW high power public charging in the United States.”
Electrify America, which is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is investing $2bn over 10 years in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment aims to enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable.