Electrify America to Simplify Charging with Select EV Models in 2021
- Nov 24, 2020 3:37 pm GMT
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.”
And Here You Go…
Favorite #EV Q+A of the day.— John Voelcker (@johnvoelcker) November 17, 2020
Chevy Bolt EV owner: "Is there an adapter that allows us to plug up to a Tesla charging station?"
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Videos | Self-Driving Progress at Tesla
#FSDBeta yielding to pedestrians crossing against the light when I had green!! My car was waiting for green, but didn’t go until the crosswalk was clear!! #fsd #tesla #model3 pic.twitter.com/8kRxVGA3ip— Kim Paquette 💫🦄 (@kimpaquette) November 16, 2020
VERY COOL!! #FSDBeta 44.10.2 figured out a delivery truck was parked and went around! Rendering of it started as green (lead car) then changed to light blue and then red as it decided to go around! In the past I’ve had to disengage and take over. #FSD #tesla #model3 pic.twitter.com/kwIpNTWX5Y— Kim Paquette 💫🦄 (@kimpaquette) November 14, 2020
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