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GM fast-charging investment will fuel EVgo network expansion, charge future EVs
General Motors and EVgo announced a
partnership Friday that will result in the installation of more than 2,700 DC fast charging connectors—all powered by 100% renewable energy—over the next five years.
The announcement marks the first significant move from GM toward helping expand fast-charging infrastructure, and investing in public charging infrastructure, which is something that most other automakers with major interests in scaling up electric vehicles have already done. . . .
GM declined to say what amount it is investing in the effort. . . .
EVgo is distinct among charging networks as it’s geared entirely toward fast-charging. . . .
EVgo’s fast charger locations in metropolitan areas tend to complement the more road-trip-oriented fast charging offered through Tesla Supercharging or the Electrify America network. Based on what the companies described, the new effort will provide a continued push in providing increased charging access to those who live in multi-unit dwellings, to renters who can’t install the equipment, or to those who don’t have workplace charging.
Given GM’s disclosure that the investment will result in 2,700 new charging connectors, with each station offering 4-6 connectors, the push might result in approximately 500-650 new charging-station locations. . . .
According to a joint release from the companies, the project will focus on adding high-power DC fast chargers that can provide most of a charge in just 15 to 30 minutes to city and suburban locations, with a focused effort on “grocery stores, retail outlets, entertainment centers and other high-traffic locations.”
In a call with reporters corresponding to the announcement, GM CEO Mary Barra called the move a “proof point” that the company believes strongly that charging infrastructure is needed for confidence.
“Clearly, having a robust charging infrastructure is something our customers told us was important,” she said, calling such an investment in infrastructure “the next step.”
EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi said that the company is looking at 40 major metro areas for the locations, and that “over the coming weeks” it’s going to be more specific about where the buildout will happen. The average charging session at these new locations is expected to follow existing patterns at a cost of about $5 to $15.
Each of the new EVgo fast-charging stations will be able to charge at least four vehicles simultaneously and will feature 100- to 350-kw connectors. . . .
Although it's a drop in the bucket, chargers in these locations are essential if we want all the people who don't own detached, single-family homes to be able to consider a BEV.