Popular Science has named Electrify America’s EV charging system an award winner for its 2018 “Best of What’s New” in the Automotive category.
Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations and chooses the top 100 winners across 10 categories. To win, a product or technology must represent a significant advancement in its category.
With a focus on both future and present-day electric vehicles, Electrify America’s charging systems have a range in power from 50 kilowatts (kW), the most commonly used charging power for electric vehicles today, up to 350 kW which is capable of adding up to 20 miles of range per minute to a vehicle.
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The chargers have been custom-designed by Electrify America and have several advanced features, including liquid-cooled cables. This is the first time that liquid-cooled CCS charging cables have received certification for a 150/350 kW DC Fast Charger. The cooling is a key factor in enabling higher-amperage charging without a significant increase in the cable thickness for charging power at and above 150 kW from 350 amps.
With a much smaller cable cross section than the traditional high-powered cable option, these cooled cables are thinner, more flexible, lighter and easier for consumers to handle than the standard 350A capable copper cables when charging their EV.
All charging stations offer a CHAdeMO (50 kW) connector, plus additional dual-handle chargers with CCS (50 to 150 kW or 350 kW) connectors, ensuring that all fast charging capable cars will be able to use the Electrify America stations. The Electrify America system will offer DC Fast Chargers ranging from 50 kW to 150 kW for metropolitan locations, and an L2 AC charger also will be offered at a majority of metro DC fast charging stations to accommodate plug-in hybrids and non-DC-charge capable EVs. Highway stations will offer four to ten chargers with CCS connectors, while metropolitan charging stations will have three to six.
Electrify America selected four key charging equipment suppliers – ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet – to jointly deploy its new ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging systems throughout the United States. The charging equipment suppliers are sharing the delivery of more than 2,000 chargers across 484 stations in the U.S. Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging systems utilize both HUBER+SUHNER and ITT Cannon high power charging (HPC) systems which features a much smaller cable cross section than the traditional high-powered cable option.
Electrify America is investing $2 billion into Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure, access and education programs across America as it rapidly expands its nationwide charging network, the largest commitment of its kind to date. Electrify America’s nationwide DC fast charging stations will be located in 17 metropolitan areas and along high-traffic corridors in 42 states, including two cross-country routes.