If you’ve been wishing that there were more DC fast chargers in Utah, then you’re in luck. Electrify Commercial, a business arm of Electrify America, and Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, announced a plan to build 20 new DC fast charging stations in Utah: 15 stations in the Salt Lake City area and five stations in the surrounding regions.
Each station will have a minimum of four chargers, which means we can expect to see at least 80 fast chargers with a power output of up to 350 kilowatts.
According to the agreement, Electrify Commercial will provide charging equipment, installation, networking, and ongoing operations and maintenance for those DC fast chargers in Utah.
Rocky Mountain Power’s chargers will be featured on Electrify America’s coast-to-coast “locate a charger” map, while customers can access and seamlessly pay for charging through the Electrify America mobile app. However, Rocky Mountain Power –as the owner of the chargers– will set pricing at these charging stations on its own, which means that they might be different than Electrify America’s prices.
Electrify America’s Utah pricing is as follows:
- Guest & Pass Members: $0.48/kWh
- Pass+ Members: $0.36/kWh plus a $4 monthly fee
- Idle Fee: Once charging stops, you pay $0.40/min after a 10-minute grace period.
The first stations in Salt Lake City, the Wasatch Valley Front, and Moab are expected to be ready in 2024. With these new DC fast chargers coming to Utah, local EV owners will have even more flexibility in charging their vehicles.
It’s an interesting business approach, allowing the charging network to expand faster than when using only its own capital. Also, various companies might build their charging infrastructure for them without the necessity of developing a new network on its own (with all the apps and systems), allowing them to gain access to a larger customer base.
James Campbell, the director of innovation and sustainability at Rocky Mountain Power, explains:
“Salt Lake City is the top city in the U.S. to own an electric vehicle, making it more important than ever to provide accessible charging in the region and in other parts of Utah. Electrify Commercial will play an important role in helping us achieve our electrification goals and enable seamless EV travel throughout the state of Utah.”
The Electrify America network currently has some 806 stations in the United States, including 3,503 individual chargers. The company says that an additional 123 stations are “coming soon”.
Aaron Young, the senior manager of commercial networks & fleets at Electrify America, said:
“As electric vehicles continue becoming more mainstream, it’s important to expand access and range confidence in all parts of the country. With a shared commitment to increase EV adoption, reduce tailpipe emissions and improve air quality, we are excited to collaborate with Rocky Mountain Power to deliver 350 kW charging capability to EV drivers in Utah.”