Electrify America just completed the first of two cross-country charging routes.
If there's one thing that's hampered adoption of battery-electric vehicles in the US, it's the insufficiency of the charging infrastructure. Aside from the likes of the 402-mile Tesla Model S, the average EV can't come close to a gas car in terms of total range, making more frequent refueling stops necessary, but the dearth of charging stations and their inability to recharge EVs quickly make that a difficult nut to crack.
But now, Electrify America - an EV charging provider and advocacy group that's poured billions into airing pro-EV PSAs and developing one of the biggest charging networks in North America - has just taken a big step toward making the EV more palatable as a road trip vehicle.
Electrify America has just completed the first of two cross-country charging networks for the US, spanning from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, California across 11 different states, and covering 2,700 miles in total, with stations positioned an average of around 70 miles apart. To reduce recharge times, these are ultra-fast DC chargers, supplying up to 350 kW of power - more than most current EVs can currently even make use of.
Of course, recharging still takes more time than filling up a tank with petrol, so Electrify America took care to locate many of its chargers near shopping and dining establishments so you're free to go and enjoy a meal while you're waiting for your Porsche Taycan to recuperate.
That Electrify America's cross-country charger route is open for business in time for peak summer travel season is great news for EV drivers, but the group has even more in store before the end of the year. According to Electrify America, a second coast-to-coast charger route will be finished by September.
"Electrify America's primary goal has always been to advance electric vehicle adoption in the US, and that starts by instilling feelings of confidence and freedom in consumers when it comes to EV ownership," says Electrify America's Director of Operations, Anthony Lambkin. "[B]y making long-distance travel in an EV a reality, we hope to encourage more consumers to make the switch to electric."