Utah’s EV Charging Infrastructure Gets Boost

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Rocky Mountain Power Partners with Electrify America to Enhance Utah’s Fast Charging Network

Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacificCorp, has announced its plans to significantly enhance the fast charging infrastructure in Utah next year. In collaboration with Electrify Commercial, a business unit of Electrify America, the company aims to deploy 20 charging stations across the state.

The partnership entails Electrify Commercial taking charge of various aspects, including the provision of charging equipment, installation, networking, as well as ongoing operations and maintenance.

The project’s objective is to establish 15 stations in the Salt Lake City area and five stations in neighboring regions. Each station will feature a minimum of four individual chargers (stalls), resulting in a total of over 80 chargers. These charging stations will offer a power output of up to 350 kilowatts (kW).

Salt Lake City, the Wasatch Valley Front, and Moab are expected to welcome their first charging stations in 2024, marking a significant development in Utah’s electric vehicle infrastructure.

Rocky Mountain Power will own and operate these new charging stations, which will be featured on Electrify America’s extensive “locate a charger” map. This map already encompasses over 800 stations and 3,500 individual chargers across the country.

To access and make payments for charging services, users will utilize the Electrify America mobile app. However, pricing at these specific charging stations will be determined by Rocky Mountain Power, while access will be facilitated through Electrify America.

The emergence of these private networks, operating within the broader Electrify America network under the Electrify Commercial umbrella, raises intriguing possibilities for the future. Earlier this year, TravelCenters of America Inc. (TA) announced plans for 200 stations within this framework.

Aaron Young, senior manager of commercial networks & fleets at Electrify America, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, emphasizing the shared commitment to expanding electric vehicle adoption, reducing emissions, and improving air quality. The partnership with Rocky Mountain Power aims to provide EV drivers in Utah with 350 kW charging capability, promoting range confidence and accessibility.

James Campbell, director of innovation and sustainability at Rocky Mountain Power, highlighted the significance of Salt Lake City’s reputation as a leading city for electric vehicle ownership. The partnership with Electrify Commercial is expected to contribute to achieving electrification goals and enabling seamless EV travel throughout Utah.

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