Electrify America LLC, an open DC fast-charging network, opened its first indoor flagship public electric-vehicle (EV) charging station on Feb. 9 in San Francisco. The company plans to open more of the facilities in urban areas nationwide.
Located two blocks from the Bay Bridge, the new station provides access for EV drivers visiting the South Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Inside, it features 20 hyper-fast chargers providing up to 350 kilowatts (kW) in charging power. A temperature-controlled lounge includes a convenience-like area offering food and beverage vending with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and two restrooms with baby changing stations.
The station provides EV drivers with 24/7 access and around-the-clock monitoring and security.
“We’re committed to making EVs accessible to all, particularly in dense urban areas like San Francisco,” said Robert Barrosa, president and CEO of Electrify America. “Our expertise in building over 250 stations in California and more than 900 in North America uniquely positions us to bring high-quality charging infrastructure directly into communities where people live and work and support EV adoption across the state.”
In 2022, Electrify America introduced what it called “the charging station of the future, today” a design concept to create spaces focused on enhancing the EV driver experience. Electrify America has integrated customer feedback and insights from trend research and architecture and construction consultants to increase the focus on bringing human-centered and community-centric design strategies to the charging experience, it said.
Electrify America already has outdoor flagship charging stations in Baker and Santa Clara, California, each with 10 or more chargers. This new station design is the first station in the Electrify America network to reflect a strategy to build larger stations to meet the growing demands of EV drivers.
San Francisco-based Electrify America is investing more than $2 billion in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and access, it said. The investment will support the buildout of a nationwide network of ultra-fast community and highway chargers. The company operates in 47 states and the District of Columbia.
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