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Alabama SuperChargers

1speed

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Oct 6, 2017
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A permit was discovered for a second supercharger in the Birmingham area (Mountain Brook), and Montgomery looks like its about to get started.

UAB does have a number of Chargepoint L2 chargers.

Alabama should have made those charging stations require Tesla connectors.
 

specialgreen

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Jan 21, 2020
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Minneapolis MN

CHARGING SITE REQUIREMENTS:​

The following are required of each of the charging sites to be chosen:​

  1. Each charging site must be capable of charging at least two (2) EVs simultaneously with provisions for future expansions to charge four (4) vehicles simultaneously.
  2. Each charging site should, at a minimum, be capable of charging a single EV at greater than 100kW with future provisions for expansion and power upgrades to include two additional (4 total) charging stations and/or upgrades to higher power (up to 350kW)

Cheapest compliant station design may be a pair of Chargepoint Express 250s. They share rectifiers, and can do 125kw shared between two chargers. Can be expanded to two pairs of CPE250s. But Chargepoints don't normally take credit cards.
I think Tritium has a 2-car charger, but don't believe it exceeds 100kw for a single car.
A Signet station like Electrify America would work if they added a Chademo connector to every dispenser.
This would actually be a boon for Telsa drivers with the Chademo adapter, because you can't depend on the single Chademo working at existing EA sites.
 

LoudMusic

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Jul 21, 2020
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I think the problem with Alabama Superchargers is "it's the south and the south don't care about EVs!". Arkansas is worse off :( It also just has to do with smaller population.


There are two being worked on though!



Tesla's Supercharger site suggests they have a few more planned for the state.

I still argue that rather than having a few large sites they'd do well to have many smaller sites. The leasing and installation is probably the expensive part so that certainly plays into it, but having a larger variety of route options is a really big help.
 

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specialgreen

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having a few large sites they'd do well to have many smaller sites. The leasing and installation is probably the expensive part so that certainly plays into it, but having a larger variety of route options is a really big help.

From a Demand Charge perspective, a tiny 1-charger EVGo needs to pay full demand charge for its load (say, 50kw or 150kw). An 8-stall Supercharger is never going to see peak load on all 8 stalls at once, so its demand charge cost will be less (per charger) than eight 1-charger sites. Maybe something like half. But as Superchargers get even bigger, I'm not sure there is any benefit much more: per-pedestal load is probably similar at a busy 8-stall SC and a busy 16-stall SC.
 
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