Late Friday evening, Electrify America announced that it is shutting down “the majority of its high-powered chargers (150 kW – 350kW)” in due to “a potential safety issue with its liquid-cooled cables” supplied by ‘HUBER+SUHNERS’.
The company, which was started by VW as part of its settlement with the EPA and CARB over the ‘Dieselgate scandal, says that it shut down the stations at the recommendation of HUBER+SUHNERS, a supplier of high-powered charging cable technology, as they investigate the safety concern.
Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America, says that they initiated the shut down “out of an abundance of caution”:
“The safety of our customers is our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution, Electrify America is shutting down all of our stations that use the HUBER+SUHNER high-powered cables until we can confirm that they can be operated safely. We are confident that HUBER+SUHNER will investigate and resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”
The company emphasized that it’s not affecting the 50kW CCS chargers or all CHAdeMO connectors and L2 chargers.
Only the stations with high-powered liquid-cooled cables (150-350 kW) are affected.
Electrify America provided a list of stations that are staying open: