The ability and technology
Vice President Joe Biden attended the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2017 and talked about electric cars and 25,000 miles of electric highway.
“The folks that are out there selling these vehicles, they’re job creators too,” as Biden entered the hall and headed to the Chrysler products. As the Vice President got out of the vehicle, I asked if he could talk about electric and autonomous vehicles. He heard me and replied, “Yes, I tell you, I think within the next 10-15 years, the majority of vehicles are going to be electric. That’s why the President [Obama] and I just announced that we’re supporting 25,000 miles of stations along our Interstate Highway to continue to encourage people to move in that direction. I think it’s the future. Also, it’s getting to the point where neither performance nor distance matters a lot.”
It makes sense that if Vice President Biden becomes President, he will continue the electric highway, establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on our highways. These newly designated electric vehicle routes cover nearly 25,000 miles, in 35 states, 28 state utilities, vehicle manufacturers, and change organizations are committing to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s corridors.
From the highway to the home
Electrify America has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of a new business unit called Electrify Home, designed to empower an independent lifestyle for electric vehicle (EV) drivers with convenient home charging solutions for level 2 charging.
Last year Electrify introduced the first-ever Level 2 Home Charger – an easy solution for keeping an electric vehicle charged at home.
Kilowatt-Hour Pricing – Rates as Low as 0.31 Cents Per kWh
Electrify America will now charge customers in 23 states plus the District of Columbia by the kilowatt-hour. This update reflects a growing preference by EV drivers for kWh pricing, which bills customers by the quantity of energy they use to charge their vehicles, similar to gas station pricing on a per-gallon basis. More than 78 percent of charging on the Electrify America network occurs in states where kWh pricing will be implemented. Rates start at $0.31 per kilowatt-hour.
The Electrify Home web-store offers a one-stop solution to charging at home.
At the Electrify Home web store, electric vehicle owners can solve their home charging needs:
- Purchase: Buy the Electrify America Level 2 Home Charger
- Install: Arrange charger home installations through Qmerit
- Support: Get customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week
“Right now, about 80 percent of electric vehicle charging is done at home. With the launch of Electrify Home, we’re providing flexible and forward-thinking home charging solutions for EV drivers of today and tomorrow,” said Nina Huesgen, senior manager, home, and eCommerce at Electrify America. “EV drivers need more charging options to feel truly independent and confident in their decision to go electric, which is why Electrify America has expanded its focus to create a connected and smart home charging ecosystem.”
Features of the Electrify America Level 2 Home Charger:
- Flexible installation options: For easy installation, the L2 home charger comes with a standard NEMA 14-50 supply power plug, compatible with the 240-volt outlets commonly found in households. The unit can also be hardwired by a licensed and qualified electrician and comes with a docking station that allows for wall-mounting.
- Indoors or outdoors: The home charger is equipped with a NEMA 3R enclosure, allowing it to be mounted inside or outside. A 24.6-foot long cable makes it easy to reach and plug in your car.
- Colored light indicates charging status: An LED color indicator makes it easy to view charging status, with a ring around the charger that lights up blue while the car is charging and lights up green when the battery is full.
- Three-year warranty, 24-hour support: Electrify America offers a three-year warranty and 24-hour customer support.
Electricity is a domestic energy that has an infrastructure that is supported on the highways and the homes of the United States. As the electric vehicle becomes popular, the infrastructure will need to be upgraded to meet the demands.