RESTON, Va. – Electrify America will install Tesla Powerpack batteries at more than 100 charging stations during 2019, CNET reports. The Powerpack batteries are 210 kilowatts that hold around 350 kilowatt hours of charge, which would charge a few electric vehicles from empty to full.
“With our chargers offering high power levels, it makes sense for us to use batteries at our most high-demand stations for peak shaving to operate more efficiently,” said Giovanni Palazzo, CEO of Electrify America. “Tesla's Powerpack system is a natural fit given their global expertise in both battery storage development and EV charging.”
The Powerpack batteries come in huge boxes made up of smaller battery packs, and allow for scaling up or down, depending on what’s needed at each site. The packs will also help lower reliance on the power grid during peak times, which in turn will mean lower costs for Electrify America.
Last week, Shell announced it’s buying Greenlots, a U.S.-based electric vehicle charging company. In the United Kingdom, Tesco and Volkswagen are partnering to install more than 2,400 electric vehicle charging bays across the Tesco chain.
Read more on electric vehicles in the January 2019 NACS Magazine cover story, “Charging Back.”