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Electrify America to Simplify Charging with Select EV Models in 2021

image credit: In 2021, registered EV owners driving a Mustang Mach-E, Porsche Taycan or Lucid Air will have seamless Plug & Charge capabilities with Electrify America stations. (Source: EA)

Electrify America streamlines EV charging for a range of models in 2021, calling it Plug&Charge. Also, a Tesla owner reveals her beta Full Self Driving videos.

While charging networks keep adding stations across the U.S., many EV drivers experience a cumbersome charging process when trying to initiate a session, think RFID cards, calling service number to initiate a session, etc. That’s why Electrify America is partnering with Ford, Porsche and Lucid Air, and offering Plug & Charge, an integrated charging process for the Mustang Mach-E, Porsche Taycan and Lucid Air owners in 2021.

According to Electrify America (EA), this new charging protocol allows owners to register online, pull into to a charger stall, plug in and begin an “electric fueling” session. The EA charger automatically identifies, authenticates, authorizes and bills the customer.

The charging process is the same as Tesla Supercharging network, where charging stations recognize the car once an owner plugs in. There’s no need for a credit card or RFID card to initiate a charging session.

 

The only difference is Electrify America’s network will work for all three models, while Tesla’s supercharging stations are just for Tesla vehicles.

The EA charging solution will be available across all 500 stations and its 2,200 individual chargers.

“Once a Plug&Charge account is created, EV drivers can simply plug in their vehicle and the charger handles the financial transaction,” says said Cliff Fietzek, senior director of technology at Electrify America.

This charging process is ideal and should help push a positive anecdotes to social media and other News outlets. It’s great move by Electrify America and it reinforces the concept of simple “electric fueling.

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Henry Craver's picture
Henry Craver on Nov 30, 2020

This is great, but I wonder how long it will take to get this kind of service in the country's more rural areas. Driving through West Texas over the holiday there were long stretches where I had no signal...even at gas stations. Such dead zones really complicate rolling this out in certain parts of the country. 

Grant Gerke's picture
Grant Gerke on Dec 1, 2020

The charging landscape is increasing and Texas is the 4th biggest state for chargers. 

For West Texas, things seem to be developing. If you have 250+ miles to start and then just depends on your destination, see below:

https://www.plugshare.com/directory/us/texas 

Via plugshare.com, looks solid but more fast charging is needed. (For some reason, I can't attach an image here). 
 

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Thank Grant for the Post!

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