General Motors and EVgo plan to triple the size of America’s largest public fast charging network by adding more than 2,700 new fast chargers during the next five years.
The two companies will add fast charging stations to cities and suburbs, providing increased access to drivers who live in multi-unit accommodation, rent their homes and are unable to install chargers, or might not have access to workplace powering.
“We are moving quickly to bring new EVs to market,” said GM chairman and CEO, Mary Barra.
“We know how important the charging ecosystem is for drivers, one that includes access to convenient and reliable public fast charging. Our relationship with EVgo will bolster the public fast charging network available to EV customers ahead of increased market demand and reinforce our commitment to an all-electric, zero-emissions future.”
Customers will have access to charging at the places they regularly frequent, such as grocery stores, retail outlets, entertainment centres and other high-traffic locations. With fast charging available where people typically spend 15-30 minutes, customers can charge their vehicles in the time it takes to run their errands.
This approach builds on EVgo’s existing portfolio of more than 800 station locations across the US.
The new EVgo fast charging stations will be available to customers starting in early 2021. Stations will be located in highly visible areas and most will be able to charge at least four vehicles simultaneously.
Additionally, stations will feature new charging technology with 100-350-kilowatt capabilities to meet the needs of an increasingly powerful set of EVs coming to market.
“Today EVgo and General Motors are making it even better to drive electric,” added EVgo CEO, Cathy Zoi.
“115m Americans already live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charging station. With EV choices rapidly increasing, building more fast charging stations across the US is necessary to extend the power of EVs for more drivers.”
The new EVgo fast chargers will be powered by 100% renewable energy. Earlier this year, General Motors committed to all US plants running on renewable energy by 2030 and all global plants running on renewable energy by 2040. In 2019, EVgo became the first North American charging company to contract for 100% renewable energy to power its chargers.
General Motors and EVgo designed the new project to leverage private investment alongside government grant and utility programmes, as building out the necessary charging infrastructure ahead of market demands will require continued public-private partnership.