Many people who would otherwise be interested in an electric vehicle (EV) harbor concerns about how far such a car can go. After all, charging up isn’t quite as simple as stopping at a gas station for five minutes. Worse, running out of gas on the highway is a lot simpler than running out of electricity.
Fortunately, Electrify America is on a mission to change that narrative. It just completed its first cross-country charging network that can take electric vehicle owners from coast to coast in the United States without needing to worry about running out of juice.
Most drivers don’t think twice about finding a gas station. At least in America, it’s hard to find a street corner without one. That isn’t the case for electric vehicle chargers. While someone who uses their EV to commute to work can probably get by on a single charge for the week, those who like to travel might feel that an all-electric car restricts their freedom.
Due to the growing popularity of electric vehicles, companies like Electrify America and Tesla are working hard to develop nationwide charging networks. By doing so, they take away the fear of running out of power during a lengthy road trip or when traveling in an unfamiliar area.
The Volkswagen-backed company announced on Wednesday that it has finally completed its first cross-country charging route. Stations are strategically located from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., along I-15 and I-70. Drivers will find several 350-kilowatt DC fast-chargers that will get them in and out as quickly as possible.
Electrify America’s director of operations, Anthony Lambkin, says, “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.”
“The completion of our first cross-country route is a significant step toward that goal — by making long-distance travel in an EV a reality, we hope to encourage more consumers to make the switch to electric,” Lambkin adds.
Connecting the Dots
Notably, the recently completed route isn’t Electrify America’s only lengthy network of chargers. It is merely the first of two that the company plans to launch this year.
The second cross-country route will be located along Interstate 10 from Los Angeles to the Atlantic side of Florida. It is scheduled to be completed in September.
Meanwhile, this year’s new charging routes will connect to some existing networks that are already in place. Electrify America has a strip of chargers running from San Diego to Seattle and from Maine to Miami.
Even that isn’t enough, though. The company plans to add another 800 charging stations by the end of 2021.
All in all, this is great news not only for current electric car owners but for the industry as a whole. With more chargers conveniently located along travel routes, EV owners can feel more confident in their decision to ditch gas-powered cars. Unless you’re in Wyoming or the Dakotas, you should be in good shape if you plan to travel anywhere in an electric car.