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A new Electrify America pilot will limit EVs to 85% state of charge

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Electrify America (EA) has kicked off a pilot at 10 of its charging stations, limiting EVs to 85% state of charge to reduce congestion.

Electrify America’s 85% state of charge pilot

EA launched its Congestion Reduction Pilot at stations in Southern California at select high utilization charging stations with congestion issues. The stations are also in areas where there are more EV chargers to ensure EVs with less range aren’t adversely impacted.

The point of the pilot is to reduce wait times. If someone sets their EV to charge to 90-100%, then it takes a much longer time to charge and can cause congestion.

Once a charging EV reaches 85% state of charge, the session will automatically end, and drivers will have 10 minutes to move their vehicle before idle fees are incurred. (And no, you can’t plug it back in to get more charge as it won’t work.)

Electrify America said it launched the pilot in response to customer feedback, and it says it will continuously monitor station performance and customer sentiment during the pilot, and adjust as needed.

The 10 Southern California EV charging stations’ addresses are located here.

Electrek’s Take

I asked my colleague (and EV driver) Chance Miller what he thought of EA’s new pilot. He said:

I just did a 3,000-mile road trip across the US in my Mach-E, and based on my experience with Electrify America, this should go a long way toward reducing congestion. I came across a lot of people unnecessarily charging to 100% – especially people with free charging promotions from their automaker.

Tesla already does this at Superchargers, and it’s a good idea. I also welcome this idea at EA chargers, as I drive a VW ID. 4, still have free charging from EA, and use its fast chargers.

It’s going to be more challenging for EA than Tesla since it needs to get the pilot message out to, and accommodate, multiple EV makes. Perhaps the company should just go analog and put a prominent sign up at each pilot EV charging station that explains the pilot so people don’t freak out.

I’m really curious to see how this pans out. I’m also curious to hear what you think of this pilot. Let me know in the comments below.

Read more: VW finally rolls out Plug&Charge on its 2023 ID.4s

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