More and more EV charging stations are being built these days as a number of companies scramble to improve the charging infrastructure across the globe. This includes oil companies getting into the EV game, as Shell just opened its very first dedicated EV charging station in the UK, while its rival BP is in the midst of erecting a large number of fast-charging stations it says will be profitable by 2025. However, dedicated EV charging companies like Electrify America aren’t resting on their laurels either, as that company is also in the midst of a major expansion, too, one that will include a new look for its future charging stations, the company has revealed.
Electrify America released images of what it calls “The Charging Station of the Future, Today,” ahead of a planned rollout in major markets later this year and next year. The company currently operates flagship charging stations in Baker, California and Santa Clara, California, but will soon add these bespoke facilities in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego, and Beverly Hills, California as well as Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.
Aside from an aesthetically pleasing look, the new charging stations – which will feature up to 20 ultra-fast DC chargers – will also provide customers with dedicated event space, lounges, showcase areas for new EVs, solar canopies, additional lighting, security cameras, and valet service and/or curbside delivery at select shopping locations.
As for the chargers themselves, Electrify America is preparing to deploy units that can charge at speeds between 150 and 350 kilowatts. The chargers will also feature a new exterior design that makes them more compact and instantly recognizable, a brighter, recessed HMI (human-machine interface) screen to help reduce glare, and a single connector cable with an all-new cable management system.
“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.”