Electrify America opened California’s first 350kW quick charge location. The bank of chargers includes nine CCS plugs and one CCS-CHAdeMO plug, and while most of them have an already-quick 150kW rate, two CCS plugs are capable of ultra-fast 350kW charging.
The charger is installed at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore, CA, which also happens to be a Tesla Supercharger location. Tesla’s website states that the chargers there can charge at up to 120kW, though they’re the “urban” type supercharger and owners have clocked them maxing out at 72kW.
Electrify America is an organization formed by VW in the wake of the “dieselgate” scandal in response to a settlement with the EPA and CARB requiring them to invest $2 billion in EV projects in the US. The organization will be installing quick chargers across the US and running ad campaigns encouraging electric vehicle adoption.
The 350kW charging standard uses 800 volts, as opposed to the standard EV battery which is around 400 volts, though no cars currently shipping are capable of charging at such a fast rate. Some announced cars, namely the Porsche Taycan (and the Audi e-tron GT based on the same platform), will have this capability.
VW group’s other upcoming EV, the Audi e-tron SUV, will be limited to charging at 150kW – which is still plenty quick. Fred is currently on a press event doing some test drives of the e-tron SUV, so stay tuned to hear all about that car’s off-road capabilities soon.
A map of all of Electrify America’s planned and active charging locations is available at https://www.electrifyamerica.com/locate-charger