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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 16:44

Electrify America Shuts Down 500-Mile Charging Corridor Over Labor Day

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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Inside EVsKyle Conner was all out of sorts this weekend, and rightfully so, as he ranted about the public charging situation near his home.

He's had plenty of issues with Electrify America in the past and this adds another one to the mix. Kyle put together a video detailing the situation and also reached out to Electrify America for comment.

 

Conner has a Nissan Leaf on loan to test drive and review. He planned a little road trip to get acquainted with the car and record some video footage. However, when he was looking at PlugShare for a place to charge, every station along I-95 had a little "wrench" icon.

 

It turns out, Electrify America had shut down every charging station from the middle of Virginia to southern South Carolina in order to do upgrades---nearly 500 miles of highway. For some reason, the company didn't alert EV owners of this ahead of time and it closed all the stations at the same time during a busy holiday travel weekend.

 

Anyone road-tripping from New York to Florida in an electric car, or anywhere in between, would really have no way to make it, unless they own a Tesla. While more people drive Teslas than other EVs, this is really a bigger problem than having the Tesla Supercharger network down. We're talking about all other EVs, many of which don't offer a ton of range. It comes as no surprise people were left stranded.


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