Three years ago wasn’t that long ago, especially considering that over a year of that time we were all fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. But in those three short years Electrify America has a managed to open 600 charging stations.
The first open DC fast-charging station opened on May 2, 2018 in Chicopee, Massachusetts (which is the most Massachusetts name ever). Today, 600 charging stations consisting of 2,600 individual fast chargers are now running across the country.
“With our rapid station deployment, we are on track to have 800 charging stations with about 3,500 chargers open or under development by the end of this year – delivering on our commitment to make EV driving easier and more accessible,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer, Electrify America.
For those who criticize the DC fast charging network availability as a reason to not buy an electric car, it’s important to remember that today is the worst EV charging is ever going to be. Tomorrow it’ll be better. There’s no going back.
While we’ve had some issues with DCFC over the years, including at Electrify America stations, the EA network seems to be improving in both quality (thanks to new hardware and software updates) and availability.
Infrastructure is deploying at a rapid pace now. We’re not sure how it compares to gas station rollout during the beginnings of ICE vehicle availability, but it’s becoming easier and easier to recommend an EV each passing day.