Charging hubs, which feature multiple DC fast chargers as well as restaurants and retail outlets, could be the next big thing. It’s a successful model that Tesla has been following for years at its Supercharger sites, and it seems to be spreading.
Real estate developer LL Development plans to build a public charging center called The Stack Charge near Baker, California, just off I-15, a major thoroughfare between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
The Stack Charge will include “high retail offerings and quick-service restaurants…outdoor lounges, 24/7 restrooms, Wi-Fi, and more,” the company explains. “The nearly 2,500 square foot vacant drive-thru space will be leased to a quick-service restaurant tenant and upgraded to include an outdoor lounge and waiting area.”
The company says the site will include 40 DC fast charging stations, 8 of which will be “universal charging stations”. This would seem to suggest that the other 32 will be Tesla Superchargers, as these are the only types of DC chargers that are not “universal” (although they will soon be). The company didn’t say who the operators will be, but a photo accompanying the press release did indeed show Tesla superchargers.
Construction at the Baker site will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2023. The Stack Charge hopes to build 10 charging centers across Southern California over the next year, at locations in Los Angeles , San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties.
“There is a lack of fast-charging infrastructure despite the growth in electric vehicle sales,” said Stack Charge co-founder Lester Ciudad Real. “We seek to acquire sites that have strong commercial real estate fundamentals and benefit from high through-traffic, as we expect demand to skyrocket as electric vehicles continue to dominate the market.”
“Existing electric vehicle charging sites offer a poor user experience due to lack of equipment, slow charging times and inconvenient locations,” added co-founder Lawrence Fung. “We aim to redefine electric car charging by transforming stations into modern hubs with experience-driven amenities.”
This article originally appeared in Charged. Author: Charles Morris. Source: Battery Charge