Electrify America has selected ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet as part of a plan to install hundreds of charging stations within and around 17 metropolitan areas and highway corridors nationwide.
The charging equipment suppliers will share delivery of more than 2,000 chargers across 484 stations in the U.S. The charging systems will offer the first-ever certified cooled-cable 150/350 kW DC Fast Charger.
Electric vehicle chargers that offer this kind of power deliver energy for up to 20 miles of range per minute of charge at 350 kW, which is seven times faster than today’s 50 kW DC chargers.
“These state-of-the-art chargers will provide the latest in charging technology for today’s electric vehicles and those expected in the future that will feature larger batteries,” said Mark McNabb, President and CEO of Electrify America. “We want to be sure that our systems are prepared for this growing market, and ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet will help us deliver chargers that are ultra-fast, convenient, reliable and future-proof.”
With a focus on both future and present-day electric vehicles, Electrify America’s charging systems will have a range in power from 50kW, the most commonly used fast charging for electric vehicles today, up to 350kW for its highway stations. The Electrify America systems will also offer DC Fast Chargers ranging from 50 kW to 150 kW for metro locations. An L2 AC charger will also be offered at a majority of metro DC fast charging stations to accommodate plug-in hybrids and non-DC-charge capable EVs.
All charging stations will offer a CHAdeMO1 (50 kW) connector, plus additional dual-handle chargers with CCS1 (50 to 150 kW or 350 kW) connectors, ensuring that all fast charging capable cars will be able to use the Electrify America stations. Metropolitan charging stations will have three to six chargers with CCS1 connectors, while highway stations will offer four to ten.
The chargers have been custom-designed for Electrify America and have several advanced features including liquid-cooled cables. This is the first time that liquid cooled CCS1 charging cables have received certification. The cooling is a key factor in enabling higher-amperage charging without an increase in the cable thickness for charging power at and above 150 kW from 350 amps.
ABB’s Terra HP charging stations were selected as part of the EV network package.