Charging networks Electrify America and Electrify Canada announced earlier this week the arrival of a new nomenclature for their fast-charging stations to “simplify the charging experience” for electric vehicle customers. The two divisions are making this new agreement available to charger suppliers to establish this new universal standard.
The names “Hyper-Fast” and “Ultra-Fast” will soon appear in charging facilities across North America.
The Hyper-Fast level will be affixed to charging stations capable of 350 kW charging power with a green label and three bolt icons. This will be the fastest option with the ability to recover approximately 20 miles of range per minute of charging. Of course, the vehicle will also need to be able to accept this charging power.
The other option, called Ultra-Fast, will be affixed to charging stations with a charging power of up to 150 kW, which adds about 9 miles (14.5 km) of range to the vehicle. This charging station will be identified by a teal-coloured label and two bolt icons.
“We want to make the transition to EV charging easier by translating the kilowatt ratings into simpler names like Hyper-Fast and Ultra-Fast with corresponding colours to help them make their choice at the charger…As EV sales continue to grow, it’s important that we continue to educate everyone on the ease of public charging so consumers are comfortable with the change. It shouldn’t take a calculator to figure out which charger power best matches the capabilities of one’s EV,” said Robert Barrosa, senior director of sales, business development and marketing for Electrify America and Electrify Canada.
Extensive user research conducted by Electrify America led both divisions to adopt the new labels. As a result, the new labels now feature connector icons that correspond to the vehicle’s charging port, as well as lightning bolts that indicate the charger’s maximum power output. The more lightning bolts, the more kilowatts available and, therefore, charging speeds can be faster, depending on the capacity of the electric vehicle.
The company is also introducing Balanced Power technology, which will be identified by a “Balanced” statement on charging stations equipped with this innovation. Balanced charging stations are typically located side-by-side and share an electrical cabinet. When a station is balanced, it can be ready to provide up to 150 kW of superfast charging for vehicles capable of accepting that power and can provide up to 350 kW of superfast power to capable vehicles when the adjacent charger is not in use. This balanced technology distributes power among vehicles during charging.
The new labels will be introduced this fall, as will the Balanced Power technology in the United States. The Electrify Canada network of charging stations will have to wait until 2023 to receive this new technology.