AUBURN HILLS–Flo Inc., the Canadian EV charging company with U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, was named a founding member of a new effort led by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop EV charging solutions on behalf of Americans, the National Charging Experience Consortium (ChargeX Consortium).
Flo and other members of the group will work to measure and identify opportunities to improve customer experience with public EV charging infrastructure.
“There is no doubt ChargeX Consortium will be crucial for the future of America’s EV industry and FLO supports its ultimate mission to improve EV charging infrastructure across the U.S.,” said Cory Bullis, Flo’s director of public affairs. “Together with our industry partners, our work has the potential to not only transform the way we power our vehicles, but also help pave the way for a more sustainable future. FLO is proud to join this important initiative as part of our commitment to provide the best EV charging experience to consumers.”
The goal of ChargeX Consortium is to ensure public charging stations function more reliably for drivers. This goal compliments federal requirements of greater than 97% uptime to ensure customers can successfully and seamlessly charge at public charging stations.
For more information, please visit chargex.inl.gov.
Flo also released results of a new evaluation report on the New York City Department of Transportation Curbside Level 2 EV Charging Pilot Program. The report showed Flo curbside chargers maintained an uptime of more than 99% during the first 18 months of the program.
The pilot program was launched by NYCDOT, Consolidated Edison, and Flo in June 2021, and includes 100 public Flo curbside Level 2 charging stations located across all five boroughs.
During the evaluation period, nearly 50,000 charging sessions were initiated by 7,200 users. Overall utilization of the system, or the percentage of time the chargers were connected to a vehicle, reached 34% in December 2022. The efficiency rate of the system–the percentage of time that vehicles were actively charging while plugged in–was 81%. Flo maintained an uptime of over 99% on its network of chargers across the city.
“With an operational uptime of more than 99% and a presence in all five boroughs, these curbside chargers are available when and where NYC EV drivers need them,” said Flo CEO Louis Tremblay. “FLO is proud that our curbside chargers are bringing access to EV charging to more and more drivers and we look forward to advancing our work with our partners at the NYC DOT and Con Edison as New York City’s transition to a cleaner transportation future continues.”
EV adoption in New York City has grown rapidly in recent years. The NYCDOT has set ambitious targets for vehicle electrification to meet its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. By 2030, the city will need over 40,000 publicly accessible Level 2 chargers to meet the projected demand of the nearly 400,000 EVs expected to be registered in the city.
The report will provide one of the first comprehensive evaluations of a curbside Level 2 EV charging program in the world. By benchmarking the usage patterns and performance of the FLO chargers deployed for the program, this evaluation provides valuable insights for policymakers and stakeholders in major cities looking to deploy curbside chargers.
To learn more about how Flo calculates uptime, visit: 98% Uptime | Flo