EVgo Offers Free Fast Charging Station At Your Business

FEB 16 2016 BY MARK KANE 27

EVgo is trying to attract property managers (at least in California) by offering free DC fast charging stations in the parking lot, without installation or energy costs.

The infrastructure will belong to EVgo, who seeks to expand its charging network and capitalize in the longer term.

Update: EVgo did have a video walk through online, and very quickly after this story was published has apparently made the video private.  Or perhaps they did not intend to originally make it (or this news) public in the first place?  In either way, for now, it is offline (see video link below), but we still have a recap of the program and some quotes from the company.

Why should retailers be interested in getting free DC fast charging stations? Well, EVgo brings some stats that shows that 64% of EV owners choose where to shop based on availability of charging. 90% are charging their cars while shopping, so overall chargers increase business traffic.

Get Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations for Free

Property managers, Get electric vehicle fast charging stations at your business for free. We handle installation, maintenance and repair for free. Electricity costs are paid for by NRG EVgo, not by you. Drivers shop more frequently at locations that provide EV Fast Charging.

Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Schedule an EVgo site visit
Step 2: Proposal and agreement
Step 3: Permits and installation”

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What an innovative idea. Maybe Tesla should copy it…

Why would they copy a slower charger?

“Maybe Tesla should copy it…”

Isn’t that exactly the Tesla concept for the Superchargers?

– at business at no cost to the business
– installation and maintenance handled by Tesla
– charge for free


We really need a sarcasm font.

Tesla already gives free High Power charge units to all Hotel, Motel and other business locations. Just look at the Tesla map to see all of them.

Hmmm no, Tesla’s destination chargers are not free for the business to install, altho it’s entirely possible the relatively low $750 cost (or $650, according to another source) for the hardware is partially subsidized by Tesla. The business has to pay for installation and the electricity, too.

The advantage for the motel or Costco installing a Tesla destination charger is that it may attract customers who would otherwise not stop there. Of course, the business has the option of charging an access fee for its use.


The EVgo business model, by contrast, requires no investment from the business, but the charger won’t be as attractive to drivers as they’ll have to pay EVgo to use it; pay a fee high enough for EVgo to make a profit.

No, Tesla does cover part or all of the installation cost for destination charging HPWCs, depending on the particulars of the instllation.

Is it Tesla HPWC? or just Tesla’s own version of EVSE that is ONLY fit for use by Tesla?

The video at the top of the article is coming up as private?

This is a welcome proposal. Here in Ventura County, Tesla only has one charging site nearby (Oxnard), and it is often full. Meanwhile, EVgo has DCQC available in Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, etc.

Is there a time limit, or a limit to the number of DC station locations that EVgo is going to install in California?

Will locations be metro only (Los Angles basin & Bay Area), or will EVgo consider highway corridor options?
eg: Stateline, Truckee, Redding, Williams, Yuba City or Chico, CA.

Any plans to offer the promotion in other states?

I would not expect to see fast chargers installed between cities until the EV’s that will use them practiclly actually exist.
They will only be installed as there is a need for them and when it is known what type of charger is best for next gen EVs.. probably 100 kW+.

This is a great idea assuming that costs can be recovered. I stop for a QC almost every time I go over the hill to Santa Cruz either at Whole Foods or at Nob Hill and I also walk in and spend money when I’m there.

What angers me about this is they are not doing it in Virginia. In that I could most likely find five or six places where I know the owners and government officials where I could get them to add one if the $50,000 dollar cost is free and the owners don’t want to pay for the electricity from their meters.
I would love to go driving down the highway and pick out properties that would love to have something like this.

My other question about this is does EVgo take all repairs and operations of this and the property owner pays nothing but to let it take up a few parking spaces in their lot?

That would certainly be my guess. It’s their charger and their network, so they maintain and manage it I would say.

How does it all get paid for?… either I’ve missed something or there is such a thing as a free lunch

The charging is not free for EV drivers. Only the charger is free to the parking lot owner. The fee that Evgo charges in comparison to the actual electricity consumed is ridiculously high. Thus, the $10 we pay evgo for $2 worth of electricity will eventually pay for the quick charge station. Think of it like a vending machine at your work that an outside company services. Your employer allowed it to be placed there for employees convenience but the company that owns fills and services it makes all the profit.

Right Ken. The charging is not free.. and great illustration on the vending machine. I would however guess that the return on investment is not too grand in the fast charging market yet. Over in Europe some chargers are making a profit I understand, but most aren’t quite yet. For example Fastned in the Netherlands will break even this year (2016).

EVgo is a charging company. They charge to charge.
Hardware + maintenance + interest < cost of charging and they make money.
Except of course, they need paved land on which people can park their cars to charge.
So, instead of renting land, they're selling the fact that the presence of a charger will bring more custom. Of course, if everybody gets them, it'll cease to be a differentiator, and instead businesses will have to accept them.

Early on Tesla was paying rent in more locations, but I think now that they're selling their customers more,

You know, that’s interesting. I could easily see it that EVgo would have to rent a spot, not just get it for free. Is it possibly the case with EVgo that they aren’t paying to rent?

EVgo isn’t paying rent any more than a vending machine company pays rent to the place you work, to install one of its vending machines in your break room.

And thanks to Ken for using the vending machine analogy; that’s perfect!

I imagine it’s not much of a sell for Tesla to offer to install at a site. Heck, you know you will be getting well to do customers who are looking to spend a little time(and money)in their store while their car charges. In regards to destination charging, it absolutely has to be a big plus that your hotel or restaurant appears on the Tesla map. Again, Tesla cuts to the chase and knows where the prizes are.


In Pennsylvania, nada.

EVgo isn’t selling cars, it’s selling charging. So this program would only be in places where they think they can get sufficient custom.

evGo also had a “Recharge for No Charge” program listed on their webpage yesterday, but that has now also been pulled. It listed a service for Texas residents for “Cadillac, Chevy, and Porsche” DC fast charging.

Chevy doesn’t sell the Spark EV in TX, so methinks that this may be a sign that GM has something in the works with evGo for Bolt EV charging, and someone at eVgo pushed the info to their website by mistake.