EVgo Charging Network Doubled In Size Since November 2014

JUL 12 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

eVgo Freedom Station

eVgo Freedom Station

NRG EVgo installed a lot of new DC fast chargers (CHAdeMO or CCS) in the past eight months, doubling the number of chargers to more than 350.

That’s some four times more than any other public network (excluding Tesla Superchargers, which are available only for Tesla cars).

According to a recent article on Charged EVs, NRG EVgo will expand the network from 19 to 26 markets by the end of this year.

“The company told us that it has no plans to slow down its growth, and by the end of the year it will be fully operational in another 7 markets. Currently, EVgo operates more than 100 DC fast chargers in the LA market; 50 in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas; 28 in Chicagoland and 10 coming online in Denver. Dozens more sites in half a dozen metro areas are in the permitting and construction process.

“In Atlanta, with help from our partner site owners like Simon Properties and AAA Car Care Centers, we have been able to get 28 locations online in just the last six months – opening another 9,000 square miles to EV owners,” NRG EVgo President Arun Banskota recently told Charged.”

Source: chargedevs.com

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10 Comments on "EVgo Charging Network Doubled In Size Since November 2014"

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Mike I

EVgo has also been upgrading sites. For example, the picture at the top of this story is the Nob Hill Foods in Mountain View, CA. The picture shows a Nissan CHAdeMO and an ABB CCS/CHAdeMO unit installed. The site has been upgraded to two ABB dual-standard units. This is likely due to the proximity to BMW Mountain View and the corresponding increase in demand from CCS users. Well, either that or the Nissan unit was removed because it wasn’t performing well…

I still wonder what percentage of the EVgo users in the SF Bay Area are “No Charge to Charge” type users vs. people who actually pay for the service.

finecadmin

“that or the Nissan unit was removed because it wasn’t performing well…”

It can be both.

kdawg

Just an FYI, Tesla supercharger stations are now over 200 in the US.

MadMassPerson

EVgo is a RIP OFF here in MASS !! No sign that says how much and no idea who many kW is being put out. So $10 for ??? kW delivered ?? They lie about it being Free at some of these Malls they put it in, but have no issue making you pay $10 for a 30 min session !!
I am boycotting them and so are others.
Who is paying for the install ? Anyone know if they are using Gov/Fed money to install these ??

Stimpacker

Yup, rip off here in Northern California as well (unless you have Nissan’s free 2yr charge card).

About $10 per session – making it worse in all ways than pumping gas.

Most here are paid for by Nissan.
The ones here do display charge time, charge power and energy.

Mike I

Since I do over 99% of my charging at home and reduce my costs with my solar system, I would be happy to pay the $10.95 fee for 30 minutes of fast charging to enable a trip beyond my single charge range. There just aren’t chargers at many of the places I want to visit, so stopping for a fast charge is the only practical way to do the longer trips within the Bay Area.

Stimpacker

That is indeed logical (and painful) if your BEV is your sole vehicle.

I’d simply grab my ICE car for trips beyond what my BEV can do. I do not mind paying for charging but it HAS to be cheaper than pumping gas for me to be willing to deal with the hassle of:
1) Hoping that one station is working.
2) Hoping that nobody else is there.
3) Waiting 30mins and paying $10 so I can travel another 50-60 miles.

I currently avoid public charge stations like the plague. In NorCal, there are some free ones and there are constantly people fighting over them. So crazy. Home solar charging is the best.

Mike I

IMHO, your #1 is the biggest problem. Stations, especially DCFC, have to be well maintained and working reliably. #2 is not a serious problem for DCFC because the time is in about 1/2 hour chunks. If the station is in use, then you probably only have to wait for the existing user to finish. Encountering a queue is unlikely, even today.

One fast charge is still cheaper than taking the ICE for the one trip. For example, say I want to take my kid to Six Flags. It’s 150 miles round trip, beyond my single charge range. Taking my prior ICE car would have cost me 150mi/25mpg*$3.50/gal=$21.00 of gas. Taking my EV and doing 30 minutes fast charge for $10.95 is still cheaper, even when you add in some $ for what electricity costs at home.

Mike I

Two more points – if your car uses CHAdeMO, these NRG stations have some redundancy since they usually have one Nissan charger and one ABB charger. So, even if one is broken, you still have a chance to get a fast charge. It also helps to move people through faster since it can charge two cars at full speed simultaneously. However, if your car is SAE Combo, you still rely on that one ABB charger to be working.

Second, FREE distorts peoples’ behavior. A free charger will be used by people who don’t really need it. Whenever I need a charge, I’m happy to pay for it, even Blink rates, if it’s in a good location.

George

I think it’s free for a limited time when they first get installed, not “free for life” like Tesla Superchargers.

Oops, please use Superchargers only for long distance travel.

That said, NRG’s charging rate plans don’t make any sense to me.