RESTON, Va.—Electrify America has opened more than 500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the U.S., surpassing a significant milestone in the company’s expansion. With more than 2,200 individual DC fast chargers nationwide, Electrify America is delivering on its commitment to make EV ownership more convenient.
The first Electrify America DC fast charger site to feature a solar-powered canopy is in Baker, Calif., where the solar panels charge a battery energy storage system (BESS) on site. The company expects to have more than 125 fully operational BESS installations in 2021, with 75 located at California stations.
Electrify America plans to continue innovating and expanding its network, which is the largest open DC fast-charging network in the U.S. The company completed its first cross-country routes earlier this year, spanning 11 states and over 2,700 miles to take drivers from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. By the end of 2021, Electrify America plans to install or have under development about 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers.
“Electrify America is raising the bar when it comes to the high-speed charging experience needed to expedite the transition to an electric future,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. “In just over two years, we've made great progress in expanding our network while maintaining a deliberate focus on delivering the fastest charging speeds possible—150kW and 350kW.”
Meanwhile, the Canadian government announced it will invest $1 million in SWTCH to address barriers to EV adoption. The company said it plans to demonstrate a blockchain-based EV charging platform that will reduce the cost of EV charging transactions and enhance grid efficiency. SWTCH, along with project partners Opus One Solutions, Toronto Hydro, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, IBI Group and PowerCharge, is contributing to the project, bringing the total cost to more than $2.6 million.
“Driving clean growth, increasing competitiveness and reducing pollution. This is how we get to net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Seamus O'Regan, Canada’s minister of Natural Resources.
NACS believes that EV charging should be an open, competitive market. Convenience and fuel retailers should have the option to sell any legal source of transportation energy in a competitive market with a level playing field. Allowing the private sector to compete is the best way to spur investment in and the development of electric charging infrastructure. It is also the best way to ensure that vehicle owners get the best prices over the long term. With over 122,000 fueling locations, the convenience industry is the best way to fulfill the energy needs of future drivers—regardless of the energy source. All industries, whether it be a gas station, utility, technology company or other type of business, should have the same access to incentive and investment opportunities to provide consumers the widest range of choices in fueling their vehicles.
There are many resources available to convenience retailers interested in offering charging services to their customers. NACS has published on its website valuable resources on EV charging and operates an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program to help members get into the business. In addition, earlier this year the Fuels Institute launched an Electric Vehicle Council to answer questions related to charger deployment and operations and soon will publish a regulatory overview report and a toolkit for interested EV charging site hosts. For more on EV chargers and infrastructure, see the Fuels Institute “Electric Vehicle Adoption: Focus on Charging” report from June 2020.
Also, don’t miss the education session “How to Succeed in the EV Market,” part of the NACS Crack the Code Experience, for even more insight into how your business can ready itself for the EV market. You can still register for your own NACS Crack the Code Experience, giving you access to this session and many more. The NACS Crack the Code Experience runs through December 4, 2020, and features 24/7 access to forward-looking ideas and insights, plus innovative new-to-channel products and strategic connections.