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Electrify America has now deployed Tesla Powerpacks at over 140 charging stations

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From the article: Electrify America announced that it has now deployed over 30 MW of battery capacity using Tesla Powerpacks at over 140 charging stations.

In 2019, Tesla and Electrify America, VW’s electric vehicle charging network, announced that they reached a deal for the former to deploy Powerpacks at more than 100 charging stations operated by the latter.

We have been tracking their progress in deploying those battery systems since it appears to be the largest deployment of energy storage at electric vehicle charging stations.

Around this time last year, we learned that Electrify America had Tesla Powerpacks at about 60 stations.

Today, the VW-owned charging network announced that it has now deployed Tesla Powerpacks at over 140 charging stations:

Electrify America today announced that it has installed onsite, behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems (BESS) at over 140 ultra-fast DC charging stations around the country, including more than 90 installations in California. These systems in total have more than 30 megawatts (MW) of energy storage capacity, representing the largest roll-out of onsite behind-the-meter battery energy storage coupled with DC Fast Charging in North America.

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I would expect Fred to know that 30 MW is not "energy storage capacity".

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Can anyone explain how the charging stations work? My guess is the power from the grid isn't fast enough to fast charge the vehicles, so they use the packs to store ac that has been converted to DC,.then shove DC out to the vehicles... But if that's true it would seem like a busy charging station would run out of stored energy and have to go back to pulling from the grid.

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How many, again?

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Lol! Thought it said ‘destroyed’ instead of ‘deployed’ for a second

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Well, that's one way to deal with the competition.

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I'm wondering if these powerpacks will have the Tesla logo on it.

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"Not a Tesla Powerpack"

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They generally don't, but the nameplates still clearly say Tesla.

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They do. The Electrify America station by me has the Tesla name, logo AND red and grey paint. It’s quite obviously a Tesla product as it matches their factory colors, etc.

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They poorly scratch it off, and slap an EA sticker over it. /s

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The EA station power pack at the Walmart in Secaucus, NJ has the Tesla logo on it. I was quite confused when I saw it.

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They do have Tesla branding. My office has them but they are inside a fence so you can’t see them from the ground but you can from up above in the building looking down.

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It doesn't matter. No one would see it anyway.

Electrify America's equipments (aide from the terminal) are hidden in some walled-off areas.

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Sometimes I wonder, what would the electric vehicle recharging infrastructure look like in US if VW didn’t get caught and get fined up the ass the way they did and ultimately get strong armed into building this giant network of chargers.

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I just wonder what’s going to happen when the settlement money runs out. EA is not profitable… is it possible that we could just see all the EA stations fall into disrepair over time? Especially if Tesla opens the supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs and undercuts EA’s price while having so many more locations…

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