Six EVgo Freedom Stations Land In Salt Lake City Area

1 year ago by Mark Kane 14

EVgo Freedom Station in Salt Lake City area

EVgo Freedom Station in Salt Lake City area

NRG EVgo

NRG EVgo

EVgo (remember to pronounce it ee-vee-go), installed six Freedom Stations this Fall in the Salt Lake City area.

Every EV owner should be happy, as the sites are CHAdeMO, Combo (double-head charger) and can add 40 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes. Level 2 chargers are included too.

  • Thanksgiving Point – 2935 Thanksgiving Way Lehi, UT, 84043
  • Daybreak –  4628 Daybreak Rim Way, South Jordan, UT 84095
  • Newpark – 1456 Newpark Blvd., Park City, UT 84098
  • Gateway – 18 North Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
  • City Creek Center – 50 S Main St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
  • Harmons City Creek – 135 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Arun Banskota, President and CEO of EVgo said:

“It is our mission to put the right chargers in the right places. These premier properties are incredible additions to our national network of reliable and accessible DC fast chargers that keep drivers of all EV’s charging forward.”

Erica Brown, Vice President of Marketing for Thanksgiving Point remarked:

“We are thrilled to be a part of the first EVgo charging stations in Utah. Because of our location between Salt Lake City and Provo we feel that this will be a terrific spot for all Utah electric car drivers to visit and get the needed charge.”

Chris Eggleton, General Manager of Newpark Town Center commented:

“Newpark Town Center is thrilled to enter a new partnership with EVgo to add progressive electric vehicle charging stations as part of our ongoing environmental commitments. Being the first LEED-certified neighborhood development plan in Utah and offering the first DC Fast charging station in Park City, Utah continues to demonstrate our community’s commitment to be a vibrant neighborhood that uniquely combines the very best of mountain living with the convenience of urban amenities and services.”

Jason Buckland EVgo’s Vice President, Central Region said:

“EVgo is the largest developer and network provider of public DC Fast Charging for electric vehicles in the nation and we are using this experience to partner with these premier Salt Lake  host properties to begin serving area customers. This network of charging stations features the fastest public charging available and provides drivers with the confidence needed to purchase an EV and discover an incredible new driving experience.”

New Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 buyers can cound for two-year free access to DC fast chargers from EVgo. Other need to pay:

EVgo Salt Lake City - December 2015

EVgo Salt Lake City – December 2015

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14 responses to "Six EVgo Freedom Stations Land In Salt Lake City Area"

  1. Loboc says:

    How often would I take an EV outside it’s range? Probably never.

    Once I replace the ELR, I’ll be retired and won’t drive anywhere more than 30mi from my house. Oh wait, the ELR does 38mi per charge. Scratch that ‘replace’ thought.

    Guess I’m not the demographic for DCFC.

    1. Big Solar says:

      A friend put 25K miles on his Leaf in one year charging with 110 and 240 only . All at home.

  2. Freedom is expensive … ~$10 per 30 minutes. It’s more like a leash.

    To provide greater reliability and confidence, all DC station locations should be offering paired equipment.
    (ie: pairs of DC chargers/connectors and pairs of AC destination charging)

    1. Oops hit “post” a bit to fast. What I meant by “freedom” was lack of flexibility in single-session pricing.

      It would be great if EVgo offered a price point for an option to charge for just 15 min. Alternatively offer a package of 15 min sessions. (eg: package 5x 15 min sessions that were valid for use over a 60-90 day period)

      1. Dave R says:

        It’d be better if they just offered a single plan that combined the subscription and non-subscription plans.

        That way if you go on a semi annual road trip you don’t pay through the nose for QC.

        Suggested plan:
        $2.95 session + $0.15 minute. Session fee is waived after you’ve paid 3 times in a month and you just pay the minute fee.

        1. Tim E says:

          I think your suggested pricing structure makes good sense – and it would be a price I would be okay paying. The existing pricing structure is absurdly over priced and only works against mass movement to EV’s.

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    I think this company would triple use at their stations if they cut their prices in half. A lot of under preforming railroads and canals did this in the 1800’s and it caused traffic to go up by leaps and bonds. Even railroads and canals that where doing badly where able to turn things around by cutting their rates to cheaper prices.

    I think Greenlots is a lot better in that $5.00 to $7.00 is a lot better then $10.00

  4. John F says:

    I am glad Utah is getting its six charging stations, but I am also somewhat disappointed. I really wish there were articles about entire states being fully served by DC fast charging, and how new states were coming on board to link up the nation. With 400,000 EVs in the USA and I would guess 20% capable of fast charging (besides Tesla), you know there is an underserved market here. EV drivers are thrilled by the growth of fast charging networks. What is taking so long?

    1. mustang_sallad says:

      Unclear business models. You think these $100k installations are making financial sense at $5-10 a pop maybe 5-10 times a day at best? This build out requires cooperation between the automakers who are selling the cars, the site hosts who hopefully have something to sell you while you charge, and utilities and/or governments that have longer term goals for EV adoption in general. To me, one look at Tesla’s infrastructure tells me the onus is on the other automakers to start driving this forward more aggressively, and fortunately we’re starting to see signs.

  5. What if the charge was just $10.00 the first time in a given month, and then dropped down to $5.00 for the next 4 times, then dropped down by $1.00 to $4.00 for any additional sessions in that month?

  6. How about a plan to connect Los Angeles with Las Vegas with Salt Lake City, on the South half, and all the way to Portland going North from Salt Lake City, all with a minimum of TWO (2) DCQC’s at each spot, and close enough intervals that a pair of Mitsubisi iMiEV’s could drive the whole route? Then any one could make that trip! (So long as they worked, and had Level 2 stations co-located!)

    1. Mark C says:

      Since I don’t live on the EV coast, but in Alabama, I’d just like to see a DCFC and Level 2 station located ~ halfway between Birmingham & Huntsville, AL. It’s about 100 miles with no public charging available after you leave the Birmingham metro area until you are in Huntsville. With rolling hills in between, only a Tesla can make that trip.

      1. Mark, for sure, that would be relevant to you and your needs, but since this was a story about SLC (Salt Lake City), I tried to at least keep my comment tied to that point as to the routes where someone there (in SLC) might want to travel long distance to L.A. via Vegas, or drive up to Portland, on the way to Whistler, B.C., and, as to the interval spacing, like I said – if a couple of iMiEV’s can make the trip at the same time, then most any other QC capable cars could make the trip!

        For your trip between Birmingham & Huntsville, AL, I would think that TWO sites be situated, hopefully divided at the first third, and second third points. That puts them at 30 – 35 miles apart, and if you don’t need the first one along the way and can make the second, you will then be at a lower state of charge, and you will be charging at a faster rate than you would if the battery was fuller (Higher State Of Charge)!

        plus, placing them at the thirds, makes two points to charge in bad weather in case you need to, and also in case the first stop is busy or down, the next is nit too far away. Co-locating a pair of Level 2 J1772 units at the same site as the DCQC’s, gives both backup, fill-up, and redundancy benefits!

        No site with DCQC’s should be a single charging station, meaning that a well designed site should have at least Two Quick Chargers, plus T Level 2 stations, sited so that the QC can reach two parking spots per QC, and the L2’s are outside of this parking spot. Then, if you are using a QC, a car can pull up beside you for the same QC, and when you are done, they can plug in to the same QC. You could the either leave or use the L2 to top off if you like, and a car could pull in beside you on the otherside, and they could reach the same L2 cable.

        A bit of courtesy would still apply, but blocked stations should be less frequent with such a site plan.

      2. Ken says:

        Mark, i don’t live anywhere near Alabama but a quick route planner between Birmingham and Hinstville on the Plugshare app brought up dozens if chargers in both towns and even a few J1772 along the one. One is at a Nissan dealer in Cullman that looks to be just about halfway. You do have the plugshare app on your phone, right?