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Electrify America’s First Indoor Flagship Station Reports High Usage

The first 30 days of operations indicate demand significantly exceeding the network's average.

Published May 07, 2024

The installation of Electrify America’s first indoor flagship charging station in San Francisco, two blocks from the Bay Bridge, seems to have been a bull’s-eye.

The numbers are in, and Electrify America’s first indoor station reports high usage in the first 30 days, significantly exceeding the network’s average. The company installed 20 hyper-fast chargers with a peak power output of up to 350 kilowatts inside a building at 928 Harrison Street in San Francisco in February 2024. The site was available 24/7, offering temperature-controlled lounge areas with food and beverage vending options, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, restrooms, monitoring, and security.

The results of its first 30 days of operation revealed a huge demand for a DC fast-charging service like this in the area. Electrify America reports high use and positive feedback, affirming the demand for larger stations in urban areas and demonstrating strong community support.

During the first month online, the site noted more than 8,000 charging sessions and dispensed over 290,000 kWh of energy. Electrify America estimated that it is the equivalent of nearly one million miles driven and prevented the usage of nearly 40,000 gallons of gas.

 

 

If we compare the numbers for the first 30 days of operation with the stats for the entire Electrify America network in 2023, it turns out that the indoor flagship station far outpaced other sites.

  • Charging sessions (30 days): 8,000+
  • Energy dispensed (30 days): 290,000+ kWh
  • Average session: about 36 kWh

The station’s average charging session consumed 36 kilowatt-hours of energy, just over 3% more than the network’s average in 2023, so there is not much difference there. However, the other numbers are quite impressive.

The site has more than 50% more sessions per charger, and because the number of chargers (20) is 4-5 times higher than the average for the network, the station as a whole notes an 8-times higher number of sessions than the average station.

Below, we extrapolated the numbers for the year (multiplying the monthly result by 12) and calculated the usage per day. One charger noted, on average, 13 sessions per day.

  • Charging sessions (30 days): 8,000+
  • Charging sessions per station (20 chargers): roughly 96,000 per year (267 per day)
  • Charging sessions per charger: roughly 4,800 per year (13 per day)

Here is a similar calculation for energy dispensed:

  • Energy dispensed (30 days): 290,000+ kWh
  • Energy dispensed per station (20 chargers): roughly 3,480 MWh per year (9.67 MWh per day)
  • Energy dispensed per charger: roughly 174,000 kWh per year (483 kWh per day)

 

An infographic showing statistics from the first 30 days of operation of Electrify America's first indoor flagship station.

An infographic showing statistics from the first 30 days of operation of Electrify America’s first indoor flagship station.

 

We can draw a few conclusions from this pilot installation. It seems that the recipe for success is the right combination of location, the size of the site, and available amenities.

Once the location is right, and the site offers high-power chargers with a high number of reliable, accessable stalls plus amenities to effectively utilize a user’s downtime time, EV drivers will follow.

Of course, a separate question remains about the station’s revenues and costs (and ultimately profitability), but Electrify America has not yet discussed this data. A sign that the flagship stations are the way to go will be more installations in the future.

By: Staff Writer

The anonymous author of our 'Charging News' articles has a long history of interest in the field and comprehensive knowledge of all sorts of EV-related technical data. He writes for other sites when he's not providing this one with content.

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