EVgo, which says it is the operator of the US' largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, has broken ground on the first High-Power public charging station in Baker, California.

Evgo's station is capable of charging at a rate of up to 350kW. The new chargers being installed are seven times faster than any fast chargers currently available.

When complete, EVgo's High-Power charging station will link Southern California to Las Vegas.

"EVgo is focused on the needs of our customers and they want faster charging at more locations," said Terry O'Day, Vice President, Product Strategy and Market Development at EVgo.

"The High-Power station is an important step for the EV industry, as this new standard will open the EV market to even wider audiences. When this station opens to the public next year, EV drivers will enjoy a new level of freedom."

The High-Power station will include four High-Power DC fast chargers capable of up to 350kW each and can accommodate expansion of up to eight.

The site will include a solar canopy to help power the chargers, as well as backup batteries. The High-Power chargers will be compatible with the two protocol standards used by all EV manufacturers, CCS and CHAdeMO. EVgo expects the project to be completed by June next year.

EVgo has more than 800 DC fast charging sites in over 60 US markets.