EV Charging Operator EVgo Announces the Opening of its 800th Fast Charging Location
【Summary】EV charging infrastructure operator EVgo announced today the opening of its 800th fast charging location in the U.S. with more on the way. All 800 fast chargers are currently online and open to the public.
Although fully-electric cars currently make up a small percentage of all vehicles on the road, legacy automakers following Tesla's lead are coming out with their own electric models. With all of these new EV offerings expected to hit the market, drivers will need a place to charge and EV charging station operators are actively building out a nationwide network of charging stations.
One such company is EVgo. The Los Angeles-based company owns and operates the nation's largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles. The company announced today the opening of its 800th fast charging location with more on the way. Dozens more EV charging sites are under construction or in development. All 800 fast chargers are currently online and open to the public.
The new four-space 150kW EVgo fast charger station is located in Chantilly, VA. It was built in partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as part of the Drive Electric Virginia initiative.
EVgo now has its chargers installed in 34 states in the U.S. The company says that 100 million Americans now live within a 15 minute drive of an EVgo charging location.
"With the opening of our 800th fast charging location, EVgo is continuing to lead the industry in making it easier for Americans to go electric," said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo. "Today, with over 100 million people living within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, EVgo and its customers and partners are helping to clean up the air and tackle climate change."
In 2019, EVgo became the first public EV fast charging network in the U.S. to be powered by 100% renewable energy and the first EV charging network to offer integrated Tesla connectors, which make sense being that Tesla models make up a significant portion of all EV on the road in the U.S.
In January, EVgo entered into a partnership with rival ChargePoint, allowing customers of both companies to use each other's chargers. The partnership created the nation's largest public roaming EV charging network accessible from a single app.
Many of EVgo's chargers are in the company's home state of California, the state with the highest number of electric vehicle sales in the U.S. Last year, EVgo's fast chargers grew by 40% in the state. EVgo expects to open another 200 EV charging sites in California by the end of 2020.
Last year, the company opened seven EVgo Equal Access Charging Hub (EACH) locations in underserved California communities most impacted by air pollution, including the Southern California cities of Anaheim, Compton, Inglewood, Richmond, and San Leandro.
EVgo is also partnering with government agencies at the federal, state and local levels to promote the adoption of EVs, working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission.
In 2019, EVgo expanded its longstanding partnership with Nissan to build more than 200 additional fast charging stations and to launch a new charging credit program called Nissan Energy Perks, which gives a $250 EVgo charging credit to anyone purchasing or leasing a Nissan Leaf after Nov 1, 2019.
In January, U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner LS Power announced that it has completed its acquisition of EVgo. LS Power is one of the largest private developers of high voltage transmission infrastructure in the United States. The company is also working on battery energy storage development with a 40 Megawatt project in California generating enough electricity to power over 30,000 households annually.
EVgo's fast chargers are compatible popular electric models such as the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf as well as all Tesla vehicles using a CHAdeMO adapter. The DC fast charging stations are capable of charging an electric vehicle in about 30 minutes.
Two weeks ago, General Motors announced an update to its "myChevrolet'' app to make it easier for Bolt EV owners to find and pay for charging. The updates include the ability to check availability at EVGo charging stations and the ability to pay for a charging session right from the app.
Originally hailing from New Jersey, Eric is a automotive & technology reporter covering the high-tech industry here in Silicon Valley. He has over 15 years of automotive experience and a bachelors degree in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the auto industry and beyond. He has worked at Uber on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology.
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