Electrify America has announced that more than 140 of their DC fast charging stations across the United States now feature Tesla Powerpacks.
In total, the company has installed 30 megawatts (MW) of energy storage capacity, which they claim is the largest installation of “behind-the-meter” battery energy storage systems paired with DC fast chargers in North America.
“We are constantly striving to introduce innovations that will drive the EV industry forward,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer at Electrify America. “With this significant deployment of battery energy storage, Electrify America will be able to help ensure a more efficient customer experience, especially as EV adoption increases and infrastructure demands continue to grow.”
The charging network, started by Volkswagen as part of their Dieselgate settlement, uses the Tesla Powerpacks to save money.
With varying rates charged for electricity by utility companies, money can be saved if energy can be taken at off-peak times when electricity is cheaper, stored in the Tesla battery system, and then used during peak times when electricity is more expensive.
Interestingly, the company’s press release today did not mention Tesla by name. The only time they have was when they announced the battery energy storage project in 2019.
Since then, the company has been intentionally removing the Tesla logos from the Powerpack cabinets in an apparent attempt to hide the fact they come from Tesla.