Electrify America is sharing its vision of EV charging locations and the first thing that becomes clear is that the EV charging station will soon move away from being an afterthought in an existing parking lot for something else and start being its own destination.
Electrify America shared images of its new charging location concept and also its next-generation charger with functional design updates to improve the hands-on charging experience for the customer.
“Electrify America will be reinventing the look and feel at many of our charging stations to meet and exceed the expectations of customers moving from a gas-powered vehicle to an electric lifestyle,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. “These new designs will help elevate the charging experience for our customers, building on the foundation of our ultra-fast and reliable coast-to-coast network"
The company says that some of the new showcase stations will have up to 20 ultra-fast DC chargers. Electrify America is looking to add a number of options at various locations including:
Customer lounges, electric vehicle showcase areas, dedicated event space
Overhead solar canopies to shield customers from the sun and inclement weather
On-site security cameras and additional lighting
Curbside delivery options for select locations shared with retail
Some locations will feature ultra-fast chargers with up to 350 kilowatts of charging power
“The momentum moving us closer to an electric transportation system is accelerating with consumers finding more and more choices of EVs from virtually every manufacturer,” Palazzo said. “Our customer research shows the need to transition to a more inviting charging experience that accommodates the human experience with waiting areas and other conveniences.”
Electrify America charging station images courtesy of Electrify America.
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