EVgo, a public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has opened the first three fast charging stations from its collaboration with General Motors (GM), the company announced.
In July 2020, GM and EVgo announced plans to accelerate widespread EV adoption by adding more than 2,700 fast chargers in markets across the country through 2025. The new fast charging station locations include four stalls at Carlmont Village Shopping Center in Belmont, California, six stalls at Oakwood Plaza in Hollywood, Florida, and two stalls at Ballard Blocks shopping center in Seattle, Washington.
“GM agrees with the customer need for a robust charging experience that makes the transition to an EV seamless and helps drive mass adoption,” said Travis Hester, GM’s chief EV officer. “As we launch 30 EVs globally by the end of 2025, this collaboration is expected to help create consumer confidence and excitement about the EV future. These new stations are the first of many to come, as we work together with EVgo to offer EV owners more options for charging.”
“The financial support GM is providing to EVgo has accelerated our station deployment plans in 40 metropolitan areas across the US,” said EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi. “By year-end EVgo expects to have approximately 500 stalls from the GM/EVgo collaboration live, and we are just getting started.”
Partnerships with public and private entities alike are critical to accelerating transportation electrification across the U.S. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District provided funding support for the Carlmont Village station, the Washington Department of Ecology provided funding support for the Ballard Blocks station and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection provided funding support for the Oakwood Plaza station. Additionally, EVgo worked closely with Florida Power and Light, Pacific Gas and Electric and Seattle City Light to make these stations a reality.
All of these new EVgo sites deploy fast chargers capable of delivering up to 350 kW. This means that the sites could provide 150 miles of range in 8-12 minutes for new 350kW-capable EV models coming to market. Each of the sites has both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, making it easy to go electric regardless of vehicle model.