EVgo Announces Three Major Partnerships In One Big Week

2 years ago by Mark Kane 35

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EVgo charging station

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EVgo Network Areas

EVgo (ee-vee-go) announced three significant agreements in approximately one week’s time.

This latest deal with BMW will anchor EVgo as one of the largest public (if not soon the largest) DC fast charging infrastructure provider (excluding Tesla).

According to the press release, the EVgo network includes 105 DC Combo chargers with at least 500 more to come.

Arun Banskota, President, EVgo said:

“It is our mission to put the right chargers in the right places and we are doing just that. This is one of the biggest weeks in EVgo’s history. We are building partnerships across the board that lead to the highest quality experience for EV drivers while building a bigger and better version of what is already America’s largest DC Fast charging network.”

With BMW

“BMW’s program with EVgo is called ChargeNow DC Fast. It was tested in California and led to the largest network of DC Fast Combo chargers in America. Now BMW is supporting EVgo’s installation of 500 DC Combo Fast chargers, to benefit BMW i3 customers and all EV drivers in the US with DC Combo Fast charging capability. ChargeNow DC Fast also includes two years of no-cost charging for qualifying BMW i3 drivers. The EVgo network already includes 105 locations which offer DC Fast Combo charging.”

Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure for BMW of North America said:

“This significant expansion in the number as well as the locations of publicly available DC Combo Fast chargers further affirms BMW’s commitment to e-mobility and will make EV ownership even more enjoyable for BMW i3 drivers.”

With Ford

“Ford Motor Company’s program is called EV 1-2-3 Charge. The pilot program will provide unlimited, complimentary, four-hour-charging sessions at more than 500 participating EVgo and SemaConnect Level 2 public charging stations. The plan will be included with the purchase or lease of the C-MAX Energi, in California and the Washington, DC area.”

Stephanie Janczak, Ford manager of electrification and infrastructure said:

“EV 1-2-3 Charge is a great way for customers to get the most out of their C-MAX Energi. We’re coupling a fun, versatile, environmentally-friendly car with a complimentary charge program that is easy to use and reduces cost of ownership. It’s a win-win.”

ROEV Association

“EVgo is also a founding member of the ROEV Association. ROEV is designed to maximize EV adoption by facilitating public EV charging network interoperability. Together, EVgo and the association’s partners operate 91% of the more than 17,000 public networked chargers in the US. ROEV will allow network interoperability for EV charging much like bank cards allow customers to withdraw cash from various banks, not just their own.”

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35 responses to "EVgo Announces Three Major Partnerships In One Big Week"

  1. bro1999 says:

    GM is noticeably absent from the headlines.

    Maybe they are saving announcements for the Bolt EV debut?

    1. miggy says:

      I do not live in the USA but are they still building new petrol / gas stations?
      May be buy these old ones and turn them into EV charging stations.
      The USA needs to tax petrol / gas more to add value to EV’s.

      1. Texas FFE says:

        Less than one percent of new car sales in the US are electric. They are still saling more 17 million gas cars every year. Gas sales are down but it’s primarily due better fuel economy of new cars. The drop in the price of gasoline is reversing that trend because people are buying larger vehicles. There are still gas stations getting built but it’s primarily a result of economic growth and competition. Installing EV chargers at gas stations along highways would be good but many local gas stations are not good locations for EV charging. There are a few gas stations with EV charging but in general I think gas station owners are reluctant to embrace electric vehicles, that should change when a lot more EVs make it on to the highway. One surprising thing is that a lot of RV parks are supporting EV charging. RV parks have done a great job of supporting long distance EV travel. Too bad the RV parks don’t have 480v equipment for fast charging.

    2. Texas FFE says:

      The evGO website says GM is already a partner. I don’t know of any GM no-charge-to-charge programs but GM is probably already subsidizing evGO for CCS institutions in California, Oregon and Maryland where the SparkEV is sold.

  2. Texas FFE says:

    evGO has more charging station than Tesla but the Tesla locations are far more useful. A recent study by the Idaho National Laboratory found people charged home and at work and only used public charging stations on longer trips. The report indicated that intracity chargers were a waste of resources. If evGO does not get out of the business model of clustering chargers in cities and start installing chargers along highways all these new charges are not going to do any good because evGO is going to go bankrupt.

    1. Three Electrics says:

      Currently you cannot buy an EV unless you can charge at home or at work. This explains why existing EV owners don’t charge anywhere else. Perhaps this network will change that.

      1. Texas FFE says:

        They don’t even sell EVs except where public EV chargers are already installed. The point is that many of the chargers just are not being used because people charge at home.

        1. John says:

          Not entirely true.
          I live in the middle of the country, arguably the most behind place in charging infrastructure. In my city of over 350,000, there are exactly 2 L2 public chargers, and zero DC fast chargers.

          However, I still see a fair number of Leafs, I3’s, and even a few Teslas.

          1. mr. M says:

            Are they charging?

        2. Bill Howland says:

          Might be true in Texas but thats totally incorrect around here.

          I bought 2 evs in 2011 and there was NOTHING public at the time around here. Even today, we have no DC chargers around me besides a Tesla Supercharger that we weren’t supposed to get anyway, other than extreme politicing by local tesla owners. There are no other DC facilities within any reasonable range, unless I go to Canada.

          1. Texas FFE says:

            I would like to what models these were. I bet you had to order the cars, there probably weren’t any in the show rooms.

      2. Scott Franco says:

        “Currently you cannot buy an EV unless you can charge at home or at work”

        So obviously you don’t have an electric car.

        Most EV owners who have home charging prefer to use that charger. Only those with 40 mile or greater commutes, certainly not the majority of EV users, depend on a workplace charger.

    2. JeffD says:

      I agree that most of the resources need to go toward DC fast charging along highways for longer trips because that is where they are most needed. We don’t want to forget charging infrastructure within cities altogether, because there is still a great need to support apartment, condo, or other drivers that do not have off street parking. It would be nice if charging in a city was suitably designed for their needs as well. I could see it being still DC fast charging, but located near where people work so that they can conveniently charge in a few minutes enough to get them back and forth to work.

      1. Brandon says:

        I believe we can safely say that adoption of electric vehicles won’t become mainstream in this country until the fast charger infrastructure is at a place of being completely reliable. Just as reliable as visiting a gas station with the gauge on E and being quite sure to be able to fill up. I realize there are additional factors in EV adoption like longer range and affordable cars, but this is a big one for the small percentage of trips that require DCFC. IMO a big part of the solution would be to have 2 or more fast chargers per location.

    3. Texas FFE says:

      Just look at the contrast. On the one side you have the Tesla chargers that only charge one model car but Tesla is complaining that the chargers get used too much. On the other side you have the evGO chargers that support many different models but yet they are constantly threatening bankruptcy. It’s pretty clear to me that there’s definitely something wrong with the evGO business model.

      1. LeafMan3104 says:

        The statement that evgo is constantly threatening Bankruptcy is pure fiction. The Parent company NRG just had one of their most profitable years ever. Do to lower then expected stock prices the company is reorganizing. But in the midst of the Re-org the have made huge deals with BMW and Ford and others. Their is a great deal of propaganda in the EV space.

    4. kdawg says:

      You said “evGO has more charging station than Tesla”. Are you sure? There are 238 Tesla Supercharger spots in the US, and 561 worldwide. And each Tesla Supercharger spot has about 8 charging stations. I looked at a map of evGo, and it doesn’t seem anywhere’s close. There are also hundreds of Tesla destination charging stations.

      1. Texas FFE says:

        The evGO website states that evGO has over 1,000 fast charging locations. I tried to confirm the maps but it’s really hard to confirm quantities using maps I have access to.

        1. kdawg says:

          If that is just 1 charger per location, then that is lest than 1/2 the amount of chargers Tesla has.

  3. leptoquark says:

    This is all good news in that it means nrg is serious about giving eVgo a strong foundation so it can survive, once it’s spun off into nrg GreenCo.

    http://insideevs.com/nrg-restructures-business-money-losing-evse-division-shifted-greenco/

  4. Josh says:

    It is good to see they are still pushing hard in this very tough business. I swear I will finish my EVSE megapost sometime before the end of the year.

  5. wraithnot says:

    We use both Tesla superchargers and evGO CCS chargers on a fairly regular basis (we have a Model S and an i3 BEV). The biggest complaint I have about the evGO CCS chargers is that there is only one CCS plug at all the nearby locations. We’ve had to wait to charge our i3 at least three times in the last ten charging stops (the CCS chargers also have CHAdeMO adapters and the CCS charger won’t charge if a LEAF is using the CHAdeMO). Despite over a 100 supercharger visits, I haven’t had to wait for a supercharger since 2013 when they only had four plugs at busy spots like Gilroy and Hawthorne. Based on this my wife has come up with a great solution to range anxiety when she needs to go farther than her normal commute in her i3- she swaps cars with me and takes the Model S.

    1. SparkEV says:

      Next time you’re waiting for CCS, ask the person already charging if he gets free charge plan. Chances are, he’s driving a Leaf with “no charge to charge”.

      Then look at the speed he’s charging. If he’s taking more than 1 second to get 0.01kWh, he’s charging slower than 36kW (out of 50kW), taking 6 seconds to get 0.01kWh = 6kW, speed same as L2 would provide. This upset me so much that I gave them special names.

      http://sparkev.blogspot.com/2015/10/jerks-all-around-us-iced-leafed.html

      1. Nick says:

        “Because DCFC is 6 times more expensive than L2, and people who have to pay for charging would disconnect if DCFC gets slower than 6 time L2 rate.”

        You completely lost me at that line.

        I’d likely pay 100x the L2 rate if it meant I was able to get to my daughters wedding on time.

        Your statement presuposes my time is valueless.

        1. SparkEV says:

          “Your statement presuposes my time is valueless.”

          On the contrary, I assume one’s time is infintely valuable, and one should disconnect and drive to next DCFC station to charge at full speed rather than waiting around with slower charging speed. 6X L2 speed is a convenient break point that benefits one’s pocket as well.

          1. Kris says:

            You assume quite a bit more than that, but that seems to be your M.O., rationalizing away even the slightest critical thought on EV’s in general and SparkEV’s in particular. The blind fanboyism and seeming inability to consider other that people’s needs and preferences can also be valid, erodes any points made.

  6. Scott Franco says:

    Evgo is a good company. I get tired of these network announcements, however.

    There is an existing network, in fact, there are TWO existing networks available for EV chargers to use.

    – They have been around for decades.

    – They are used everywhere.

    – Everyone has access to one (or more).

    – They just recently went through a security upgrade, involving advanced security chips.

    The networks are Visa and Mastercard. There is no reason at all to have these custom networks for EV chargers.

    1. kdawg says:

      Maybe they want to avoid all the fees from Visa & MasterCard, especially for such low dollar amounts.

      1. Scott Franco says:

        Sure, so why not move all the gas stations to that model as well. Ie., you would have to be in the Chevron network, or the Shell network, etc.

        What I am saying is to don’t start selling a new product by deciding you also need an alternate system of money to pay for it. It becomes just another reason for people to pass stories of why EVs are a pain in the a**.

        Besides, nobody is saying that is the only way to pay. Chevron and Shell try to push their own credit cards, at a discount. Evgo can both take regular cards as well as try to get people to sign up.

        Of course, if you charge a monthly fee, or expect customers to keep a cash deposit on balance, or similar restriction, then yes, people are going to use the credit card method and ignore you.

        I am on SIX different networks and counting. The system SUCKS.

        1. kdawg says:

          Would be nice if it would just *know* my car, and bill me later. No cards period.

          1. Brandon says:

            The issue of payment will mostly be solved by the recently formed ROEV Association mentioned in this article, which will be implemented Spring 2016. I think most would agree that reliability and availability of fast chargers is a much greater issue.

            1. Scott Franco says:

              Because you haven’t spent an hour trying to get a charge started, on the phone with crappy customer service, while the machine keeps quitting on you, and there is a line of other people telling you they also want a charge.

              1. Brandon says:

                Scott, I’m so sorry you had that
                experience. It does sound like quite the headache. Here are a couple of my thoughts about it. I’m not sure what the details of your problem were, but is there a possibility you could have been more prepared or equipped in some way? I realize that stations can sometimes have network issues too. It definitely would have helped to have 2 chargers there in your situation with people waiting.

  7. SparkEV says:

    Evgo is the prime provider for DCFC, not many from other companies. I hope it doesn’t turn out like the old monopolies. Or worse, eVgo face financial problems.

    With eVgo’s membership model, they’re just inviting to become the dominant player. I mean, I paid the membership fee, I might as well use eVgo charges rather than others. I don’t think this will be good for long term EV prospects.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      I don’t there is much chance of evGO becoming a monopoly. Another service provider could always put in a charging station across the street that services the same costumers. There is a little trust potential with Riliant Energy giving preferential pricing on electricity since NRG also owns Riliant Energy. Tesla is the one that has the monopoly, if you want to use Tesla charging stations you have buy a Tesla car and pay Tesla prices.