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Electrify America chooses fast-charger suppliers

US EV infrastructure builder Electrify America chooses ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet to provide more than 2,000 fast-chargers across the US

Electrify America plans to place hundreds of charging stations within and around 17 metropolitan areas and along multiple nationwide highway corridors across the US. Over a ten year period to 2027, the group plans to invest US$2 billion in EV infrastructure and education programs in the United States. US$1.2 billion of this will be invested nationwide, while US$800 million will be invested solely in California.

Among the charging hardware providers chosen for the scheme are ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet. These firms will share delivery of more than 2,000 chargers across 484 stations.

Each system will offer the cooled-cable 150/350 kilowatt (kW) DC fast-charging capable of delivering up to 20 miles of range per minute of charge.

Inner city locations will also be served by lower-power 50kW to 150kW systems. 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 CHAdeMO (50kW) connector, as well as additional dual-handle chargers with CCS1 (50 to 150kW or350 kW) connectors, allowing all fast charging-capable cars to use the group’s stations. Metropolitan charging stations will have three to six chargers with CCS1 connectors, while highway stations will offer four to ten.

The majority of Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging systems will use RADOX HPC (High Power Charging) systems from HUBER+SUHNER which features a smaller cable cross section than the traditional high-powered cable option. These cooled cables are thinner, more flexible, lighter and easier to handle, Electrify America said.

The supplier will begin installing systems this spring, with the goal of all stations being operational or under construction at 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 states by the end of 2019.

“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 Electrify America president and CEO Mark McNabb. “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.”


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