By expanding the deployment of on-site battery energy storage systems to about 150 stations, the company continues to build on previous investments to help manage the energy load to the grid and capture excess solar energy where possible. - Source: Electrify America

By expanding the deployment of on-site battery energy storage systems to about 150 stations, the company continues to build on previous investments to help manage the energy load to the grid and capture excess solar energy where possible.

Source: Electrify America

Electrify America, producer of electric vehicle charging stations, announced in a statement an introduction of a new design vision for its EV charging stations and next-generation chargers to improve the hands-on charging experience for customers. According to the statement, the new charging station adds design and comfort elements such as solar canopies and awnings, customer waiting areas, and other customer-focused services at select locations.

The company plans to showcase this transition with installation in 2022 and 2023 in select new charging facilities in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego, and Beverly Hills, California, and in New York within Manhattan and Brooklyn. Currently, the company has flagship charging stations located in Baker and Santa Clara, California.

“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.”

With some of the new showcase stations featuring up to 20 ultra-fast DC chargers, the company 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
  • Charging stations located at select shopping locations may offer valet charging and curbside delivery options

“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,” added Palazzo. “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.”

Originally posted on Fleet Forward

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