EVgo Launches 350 kW Ultra-Fast Charging Station Between LA & Vegas

DEC 15 2018 BY MARK KANE 36

6 chargers from 50 to 350 kW wait for travelers between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

It’s been quite some time since EVgo announced the first 350 kW ultra fast charging station in the U.S. in December 2016 to be built in Baker, CA, at the World’s Tallest Thermometer, just off of I-15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas (270-mile).

The plan was not that easy to execute and finally, in December 2018, the 350 kW station is ready. EVgo initially installed two 50 kW DC fast charger and recently upgraded it with two 150 kW chargers, one 175 kW charger and one 350 kW charger. Each are double-head – CCS1 and CHAdeMO compatible, according to the press release.

“By offering all EV drivers both CCS and CHAdeMO options on all its chargers – fast, super-fast, and ultra-fast – EVgo’s Baker fast charging hub enables all fast charge-capable EV drivers to make the 270-mile trip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The expansion of EVgo’s Baker site makes it a technology showcase offering the widest variety of charging speed options available at a single public EV charging location in the US.”

Besides the six chargers, EVgo installed a 20 kW solar canopy and second-life energy storage system that utilizes four BMW i3 battery sets – total of 88 kWh and 60 kW (two ESS: 44 kWh and 30 kW each). The 2nd life i3 ESS system is the same as in other locations. Having solar and ESS should minimize peak power demand, but not that much (by up to 80 kW at best).

“The newly expanded Baker fast charging hub builds on the two 50kW fast chargers EVgo previously deployed in order to enable EV drivers to travel the critical Las Vegas to Los Angeles route. Even though no EV available today at commercial volumes is able to charge at 350 kW, EVgo has grown both the number and throughput of fast chargers at Baker in order to test a variety of charging speeds and future-proof customers’ fast charging experiences on this corridor. Since the vehicles themselves guide how fast a particular car can charge, in most cases, today’s EV drivers will find that their EVs will charge at around 50 kW even on the new 150kW, 175kW, or 350kW chargers.The wide array of charging speeds, solar canopy, and BMW 2nd Life Battery storage system at the Baker Station was developed in partnership with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as a technology demonstration fast charging hub. Supported by a 20 kW solar system and a 60 kW / 88 kWh energy storage system, the station is effectively testing the use of different levels of power and storage at the same site.

EVgo, in conjunction with its technology partners and the University of California San Diego (UCSD), debuted a similar station architecture on a smaller scale in the controlled environment of the UCSD microgrid in June 2016. The Stationary Storage Plus Electric Charging (SSPEC) station went on that same year in November to win the Mobility Innovation Award at Energy Storage North America.

Uniquely, the charging station’s energy storage system utilizes second-life batteries from BMW i3s. There are four BMW i3 batteries packaged into two separate energy storage systems at the Baker station, each rated at 30 kW / 44 kWh and controlled by a site level controller for demand charge management. EVgo has deployed the same energy storage solution at its charging station located in Union City, CA.”

Cathy Zoi, EVgo’s CEO said:

“EVgo is delivering EV drivers the broadest access to fast charging technology. By increasing the number of chargers and offering a variety of charging speeds for both CCS and CHAdeMO standards, we are giving EV drivers the chance at their fastest possible charge between Las Vegas and Los Angeles—including Tesla drivers who use a CHAdeMO adapter. EVgo’s Baker fast charging hub with solar, storage, and super-fast EV charging right at the World’s Tallest Thermometer shows how the EV industry is really heating up.”

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36 Comments on "EVgo Launches 350 kW Ultra-Fast Charging Station Between LA & Vegas"

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what vehicle can utilize this charger? Porsche?

Any CCS compatible EV can utilize it, but only the upcoming Taycan and probably an upcoming Audi sister car can take the full 350 kW.

All the EVs they software throttle

Most VW group cars coming over the next 5 years (at least the lower supercharger rate chargers) should be able to take advantage of the 150 to 175 kW chargers. Porsche Taycan will use the 350 kW now, but the car is not for sale for about a year or so.

AFAIK Tesla will eventually bring a CCS adapter to Model S/X in Europe. I wonder if they can do the same with North America Model S/X? Then they could take at least 135kW.
Of course, Supercharger V3 will likely be 240kW, and several existing Tesla’s will be able to take more than 135kW(no one knows exactly how much they will be able to take), so maybe they could charge at 175kW.

Supercharger v3 will be CCS.

As much as I would love for this to be true, I would bet money against it happening. I’d love to see consolidation of charging standards, but I don’t see Tesla giving up their walled garden.

I believe the iX3 will be 150kW also.

Stopped by the charger on my way to Vegas in my 2017 BMW i3. Definitely a needed location. It was a Saturday/Sunday 699 mile round trip vacation for me. The big charger definitely has some serious output capacity. Stopped here before leaving Vegas charged up. Stopped by Victorville and finished my final 122 miles at a 69mph average, 4.5 miles per kWh. Easy, no drama in the BEV i3. Would have gone again this weekend, but I have already driven 4000 miles in the last 2 months and need to cut down on the mileage!
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Hyundai IONIQ can charge above 50kw but not sure how much above
Jaguar ipace should be able to accept 80 to 100kw soon

Kona EV can at 100kw

Nope, it maxes out at 77 kW on 175 kW DCFC.

What about e-Niro?

Of course, even 77kW is still better than the Bolt’s paltry 55kW maximum charge rate.

e-Niro is exactly the same EV system as the Kona EV (but on different platforms).

Ioniq can charge at up to 70 kw and can maintain that speed pretty much up to 75% charge.

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What is the cost to use it?

$0.20/min per their website. All chargers are the same cost.

This is the California non membership promo rate which will go up 25% to 75% (varies by location) on 1/1/19. Membership rates are lower (to become $.18 to $.21 per minute) and the membership charge, $10/mo., is applied toward your charging so it costs you nothing extra if you use it some each month.

At $.20/min If you charge at 45 kW that’s $.27/kWh before you start to taper. 77 kW charge rate is $.16/kWh. Higher charge rates are, naturally, lower cost per kWh. Really very reasonable, especially at the higher charge rates. The bigger, faster charging (more expensive typically) EV you have the less you pay per kWh; it’s good to have more wealth/income. What else is new?

Does anyone know definitively why they don’t just charge by the kWh. Regulation? To incentivise (sp?) people to unplug? Other reason?

They can only serve one customer per charger. So you have to charge for occupation.

They should be able to charge by the kWh. I use a Chargepoint charger in California that charges by the kWh. Tesla also charges by the kWh in California.

A large expense of the chargers is to support the really high power (> 200kWh), because they need to add liquid cooling to the cables. But the cars that can charge that fast are paying 1/2 to 1/4 the rate for the power because they are charging so fast and the cost is per minute.

They should charge by the kWh–it more closely matches their costs. If they are worried about slow charging cars taking up the spot, they could could have a minimum and increase the rate after 30 minutes, which I’ve also seen at other charging stations.

In California, our first choice is always EvGo. It’s reliable and cheap compared to others.

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I wonder if that is just the world’s tallest display of temperature, or if the process of determining the temperature is embedded in the structure.

Leave it to wikipedia:

The World’s Tallest Thermometer is a landmark located in Baker, California, USA. It is an electric sign that commemorates the record 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) recorded in nearby Death Valley on July 10, 1913.

The sign weighs 76,812 pounds (34,841 kg) and is held together by 125 cubic yards (96 m3) of concrete. It stands 134 feet (41 m) tall and is capable of displaying a maximum temperature of 134 °F (57 °C), both of which are a reference to the temperature record.

The thermometer’s been there a long time; many, many years.

I remember stopping at the Bun Boy restaurant in the ’90s. It was late at night and still 109 on that thermometer.

The article is a bit misleading. EVgo installed a couple of ultra fast chargers at the Baker location about six months but never seemed to get them working. EVgo then ripped out those first ultra fast chargers and replaced them with the same ultra fast chargers Electrify America has been operating for months.

Electrify America has had a hard time keeping those ultra fast chargers working. It will be interesting to see if EVgo can do a better job of keeping those ultra fast chargers working.

Come on EvGo, build out those chargers on the 5, 10, and the 15.

You need to add level 2 chargers that are on a separate transformer with i3 battery backup. When your station goes down, we have someway to level 2 charge out to Barstow.

All Fast Charger sotes, Even Tesla Supercharger sites, should have either co-locatrd Level 2 Chargers in equal numbers to the fast charger count, for those who need to “Fill right to 100%”, since at the last part of the charge they are equally as fast.

You definitely have a point there. Last time at the DCQC station, a Bolt had finished charging after an hour, only picked up 15kWh, with the owner nowhere to be found. I came and went in my i3, 23 kWh in 31 minutes, and that Bolt was still plugged in when I left.. Can’t imagine what I would have done has it been a single outlet EVgo station. I can guarantee you on a road trip, with 150 mile charge intervals, the 43kWh i3 will be a much quicker charging vehicle…
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Yes, having both a Bolt and now a Model 3 I can attest to the fact that the Bolt’s DCFC speed is a sad joke.

Since a Model 3 is capable in the right conditions of putting about 200 miles of range into the battery in as little as 30 minutes or so compared to the Bolt’s 25-50 miles in the same time frame.

GM really stupidly gimped the Bolt and made it a PIA to take on a long distance freeway trip where you have to charge.

He’s talking about i3 which charges slower than Bolt at high power charger. As for 25-50 on Bolt, total FUD. 22 kWh in 30 minutes 4 mi/kWh = 88 miles, which is almost all DCFC. Even on rare 25 kW charger, 12.5*4=50 miles.

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Charge any EV to 100% it will be slow on the high end of SOC. If started at 5% SOC a Bolt EV will add about ~45KWh in 1 hour on these higher power stations.

Just in time for CES, AVN (or is it now AEE?), and SHOT in Jan 2019.

It would be fun to see fuel cell vehicles try to drive to Las Vegas.

The 350 kW is impressive no doubt, but I am also so pleased that finally someone has figured out that charging stations should have canopies – just like gas stations do.