Sep 29, 2023 - News

Mesa electric vehicle charging company offers fast $1 charges

An electrical vehicle charger outside an office building.

The Nxu charging system in Mesa. Photo: Courtesy of Nxu

A Mesa company called Nxu (pronounced "new") wants to revolutionize charging infrastructure for private and commercial electrical vehicles, and it's inviting Arizona drivers to test out the product.

State of play: Nxu's charging system works with all Combined Charging System-compatible electric vehicles and has a 700-kilowatt charging rate, meaning it can charge as quickly as a vehicle allows.

Why it matters: As EVs become more popular with consumers and commercial driving operations, it's become painfully clear that there is not enough public charging infrastructure — especially in rural areas. And the chargers that do exist typically don't push energy as quickly as vehicles can accept it, leading to lengthy charging times.

Between the lines: Nxu plans to deploy its system throughout highway corridors in the Southwest to fill the gap.

  • Its chargers allow vehicles to pull up to them instead of into a stall, meeting a need for commercial truck drivers with larger vehicles, founder and CEO Mark Hanchett said.
  • Nxu also plans to build accompanying lounges with restrooms and amenities where drivers can wait while their vehicle charges — essentially, a 21st century truck stop.

How it works: Drivers will use their phone to access and pay for charging, which runs 42 cents per kilowatt hour.

The latest: Nxu opened its first charger to the public this week in the parking lot of its manufacturing facility at 1828 N. Higley Road. It's offering $1 charges through Sunday in recognition of National Drive Electric Week.

  • There is a charging lounge in the front of its facility with restrooms, coffee and work spaces.

What's next: The first Nxu charging center along a highway corridor is planned for 2024 in Quartzsite, a popular stop on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles.

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