GM, EVgo partnering to quadruple electric vehicle fast charging capability in the U.S.
General Motors and EVgo will be adding upwards of 2,700 new fast chargers to the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) charging landscape over the next five years. The move is considered a crucial step to widespread EV adoption.
Currently, EVgo has just 800 fast chargers in the U.S. Despite that number, it is still the leading public fast charging provider in the country. All chargers will be able to power up four vehicles simultaneously and have 100-350-kilowatt capabilities.
The chargers will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. In 2019, EVgo became the first North American charging company to contract for 100 percent renewable energy to power its chargers. GM has a sustained commitment to renewable energy that extends from production to powering its facilities.
EVgo currently has 800 fast chargers in the U.S.Photo courtesy of General Motors
GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee plant will run on strictly solar energy by 2022.
"We are moving quickly to bring new EVs to market that customers will love," said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. "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."
The chargers will focus on both cities and suburbs and provide access points for EV drivers who live in multi-unit homes and rental homes who aren't able to install a home charger or those who do not have access to workplace charging.
Customers typically spend 15-30 minutes at a fast charger as opposed to Levels 1 and 2 charging facilities.
These 2,700 new chargers are in addition to the 3,500 that the automaker plans to add at company facilities.
The first of the new charging stations is slated to come online in 2021.