EVgo Dispensed Electricity For More Than 75 Million Miles In 2018

FEB 11 2019 BY MARK KANE 37

EVgo increased the amount of dispensed electricity by 88%

EVgo said in its latest announcement that in 2018 it powered plug-in cars for more than 75 million miles (120.7 million km) and that the annual growth amounted to 88% over 2017.

However, the company didn’t provia de precise number of GWh delivered. As the total amount in 2017 was 13 GWh, we assume that the result in 2018 must be around 24.5 GWh (or 24.5 million kWh).

The EVgo network is the largest public fast-charging network the in U.S. with more than 1,100 DC fast chargers (and more than 1,000 AC Level 2 charging terminals) in 66 metropolitan markets in 34 states.

The number of customers increased to more than 125,000, which enables us to calculate some average usage:

  • 196 kWh per customer per year (equivalent of about five 40 kWh fast recharges or ten 20 kWh)
  • up to 600 miles (965 km) per customer per year
  • almost 114 customers per one installed DC fast charger

From the chargers, side:

  • one charger dispensed on average over 22,270 kWh per year (61 kWh per day, which is equivalent of 1-1.5 hour at 50 kW during 24 hours or about 5% of time)

The goal for the next two years (by the end of 2020) is to double the capacity of the network, which probably means at least 2,000 chargers and/or some increase in chargers output at existing stations.

More than 100 additional DC fast chargers is currently under construction.

EVgo fast charging station

“With more public fast chargers operational in the U.S. than any other company -and more than one hundred fast chargers under construction- EVgo is responding to the rapid growth of EV adoption, new model introductions, and accelerated electric rideshare. With rideshare drivers regularly driving 5-7x the miles per week of personal use drivers, conversion of rideshare from gasoline to electric vehicles provides an accelerated benefit in air quality improvement and greenhouse gas reduction.”

Cathy Zoi, EVgo CEO said:

“2018 was a banner year for EVs, and EVgo’s 88% growth enabled 75 million electric vehicle miles. EVgo plans to double our fast charging capacity by the end of 2020, working with utilities to accelerate EVgo’s delivery of convenient and reliable fast charging across the U.S.”

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24.5 gwh equals almost 700,000 gallons of gasoline. However Electric Vehicles use energy more efficiently.
An ICE getting 25 mpg for 75,000,000 miles would use 3,000,000 gallons of gasoline.
Adding up all the chargers on the road and home EV’s will definitely start making a dent I petroleum fuels.

Displacement: Average mpg is 25.
75,000,000 miles / 25 mpg average = 3,000,000 gallons of gas displaced.
Revenue lost $9,000,000.
Not such a big dent yet.
But, it’s a start.

It should be a clear signal the gas industry needs to start divesting and investing into growth industries.

I suppose the average EV efficiency is 100 mpge.
So, would this be 750,000 kWh’s dispensed?

I look at that map and think, why are they all clumped up like that? There’s huge gaps that make the whole network pointless. It’s like connecting 10 Ethernet wires to a computer but not connecting them to any other computers.

Well look at the political leaders and voters in those states Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota.
Many have the worst schools and parents that don’t believe in Science. Particularly Climate Change things may change after they do there income taxes.
Then they’ll realize the GOP has lied to them about economics. The tax plan went to corporations. rich, share buy backs, and bonuses for executives.
22 trillion in debt 2 trillion since Trump was elected.

Practically everyone believe that the climate is changing. Only the anti-science “climate is going to kill us” all religion believe that humans are doomed even if there’s zero evidence for it. Look it up; humans are doing better than ever despite climate change.

And GOP lied about econ when economy is doing better? Simple fact: lowest unemployment rate of blacks and Hispanics today, not just in recent years but in all recorded time.

For all the “champion for minorities” rhetoric Democrats throw, they’d rather have the minorities suffer so they can blame “corporations” for their failures. It’s the Donkey who is the real liar if you actually bothered to look at the facts.

The economy is doing so greatest when even after the huge tax cuts for the first 3 months of the fiscal year we already have over a 300 billion deficit. GOP for fiscal year is only 2.9 % not the 4% or 5% GOP promised.
Where’s the trillions of dollars that companies were bringing from offshore.
Humans are doing better than ever despite Climate Change. Holy cow you really don’t have a clue to the problem or solutions.
Please wake up.

Only 2.9%? My god, you must think we’re all starving. Instead of nonsense, look where it matters such as historic low unemployment for minorities. Only the brainwashed hate filled left winger would think that’s a bad thing.

You have to be really steeped in doomsday cult to think humans are doing worse. If you got out of your bubble and looked at the facts, humans are doing better than ever, and the rate of improvement is increasing. That’s the real hockey stick.

Ask Houston 5 feet of rain, Australia record high temperatures drought now floods, US wildfires, Puerto Rico, North Carolina flooding two years after record floods. Shrinking ice in Greenland and Antarctica. Scientists record climate over decades centuries not days, measure CO2 in the atmosphere.
Climate Change is happening and this administration is doing nothing nothing to address it.
As a matter of fact there doing everything they can to make things worse.

They are likely putting stations where they think they would be used – e.g.: higher populated areas, or directly between populated centers. I bet they also try to target areas that have higher EV sales. Local regulation may also have something to do with it. Note that several states have no EVgo charging stations at all.

As I recall regulations made it really difficult for Tesla to open even one Supercharger in Arkansas – and there’s still just the one.

Most people don’t drive cross country. Higher density metro area’s chargers see more demand and usage. EVgo locates stations in area’s where they are likely going to get the most profit.

Wouldn’t a complete network draw more customers leading to more profit?

And that’s precisely why Tesla’s Supercharger network — or other upcoming auto maker-backed networks such as Electrify America and Ionity — are so much more useful: since direct profit is not their primary motivation, they can prioritise utility over profitability in these decisions.

“There’s huge gaps that make the whole network pointless.”

There are those who haven’t figured out why fly over states are called fly over states.

My Drive the ARC road trip to Lake Tahoe and back from So.Cal, on the EVgo Network, could have been completed by another 99,999. EV drivers driving the same distance last year (approx. 750. mi.).

75 million miles is a whole lot of EV juice!

Does anyone know EVgo is making money? I really hope they do so their business model can continue for a long time.
Most of the EVs charged at EVgo are Leafs and i3s because Nissan and BMW have free to charge programs with EVGo.

The move business they do the better the rates they can negotiate.
So, let’s hope.
Everyone with an EV use a station some time.

We can do some math based on “one charger dispensed on average over 22,270 kWh per year” and some assumptions

$0.20/min avg charged to customer, assuming 36 kW on average = $0.33/kWh avg => $7349/yr

$0.15/kWh avg from utility (unrealistic without demand fee, but let’s assume) => $3340/yr.
5% “Interest” on $50K installation cost =>$2500/yr
Maintenance => 0 (yeah, I know)

7349-3340-2500=about $1500 per year per charger

But if you assume $0.50/kWh (or more!) paid to utility that is probably more realistic when you include demand fee, 7349-11133-2500=loss of $6284.

What it shows is that you can make money if you’re the utility, but not as customer of utility without making it many times more expensive than gasoline.

EvGO just sent me an email saying that they were forcing me to a new plan. This plan is going to force users to pay $.026 a minute. I did some math, especially knowing that some of their chargers are 20kW chargers, although, in Colorado, most are 36kW chargers, and discovered that it will cost 2x to 3x per mile to drive as a regular car or truck. I compared a Rivian to a F-150 that got 15 MPG. At 36kW, under perfect conditions, it will cost ~$45 for the F-150 to go 400 miles. The Rivian was more than $90. Add to that, that most of the EvGO chargers in Denver are in Pay Lots, so you may end up with another $8 / $16 charge on top of your EvGO bill per charge. If the weather got cold, or the Rivian could not pull 36kW after 80%, the cost went up. EvGo is grossly overcharging using the time based charging versus what seems to be Chargepoint’s $.039 per kW/h. I am especially pissed, as my plan was to expire in 2020, and I paid $14 a month and $0.10 a minute. I don’t have a choice to continue… Read more »

None of these are really priced for people who can’t charge at home.

“force users to pay $.026 a minute”…
Should probably read: ‘$0.26 a minute’…

I wish someone would “force” me to pay “$.026 a minute”, to DC fast charge!

True… Thanks for the catch. 🙂

Huh? Most EVgo stations are 50KW rated with charge current outputs of 100 to 125A. The amount of power your car will actually accept will vary depending on car and charging voltage. A vehicle like an I-pace with a higher charge voltage will actually get pretty close to 50KW on most of these stations for example.

In Colorado, most chargers only produce 36kW. You even mentioned it in your post. Basic DC Amps X Volts = Watts. a charger putting out 100A cannot put out any more than 40kW. Almost all EVs, with the exception of the Leaf, can take 36kW up to 80%. Most can take 50kW up to 50%

I have a SparkEV, and my Roommate has a SoulEV. Both will take at least 50kW up to 80% due to active Thermal management. Leaf’s however are in trouble. I watched a Leaf in 20F temperatures take 8kW in 41 minutes. That is over $1 per kW .

In any case They should be charging per kW, not by time.

F150 real world highway mileage is around 22-26mpg depending on engine, so you’re looking at closer to $30-35 in fuel.

Hopefully with more competition the price of electricity from fast chargers goes down as in many cases it really isn’t economical to use an EV for longer distances.

Sure would like to see some competition and mor entries into the market .

“EvGo is grossly overcharging using the time based charging”

Nonsense! Evgo is UNDERCHARGING (no, not a pun). They are losing money, see my comment above.

Evgo chargers are 50 kW (not 36kW), and most cars can pull 42 kW on average since you’d charge after a long drive that would’ve warmed the battery. At $0.26/min, that’s only $0.37/kWh. That’s CHEAPER than chargepoint $0.39/kWh.

Now if you’re a dummy that charges on cold soaked battery (ie, use for daily charging like the people who chargers for free do) and/or let the car sit way past taper point, yeah, you will be billed whole lot more.

Lessons for you:

1) Don’t drive Leaf since the battery overheats even in -9 degrees and corresponding slowdown in charging.

2) Use DCFC after a long drive as it’s meant to be used since that will warm the battery for best charge power (again, not for Leaf).

3) Get off the charger when the car hits taper point. (again, not for Leaf since taper could be from the moment you plug in).

I have a SparkEV, and as you know, you can see the kW when charging. The EvGO chargers herein Colorado almost exclusively do 36kW, with a few doing 20kW. I have put 80,000 miles on my Spark. I know what I am talking about.

Don’t be so condecending, or I’ll sart sending you pictures proving my point. You can see a number of mine on the PlugShare App in Colorado. I take pictures of the EvGO screen and my instrument panel.

AMPS X VOLTS = WATTS . Almost all of the chargers here do not put out more than 100A, so unless you have a 500V batter pack, you are NOT getting 50kW.

Ok, despite their recent price hike, EVGO is well and truly a “heroic company” for providing DCFC at this critical junction in EV history. Fair pricing, and commitment to maintenance and upkeep! These are their strong points!

I’d rather pull up to an expensive charging station than a broken one. EVgo does a good job keeping their equipment up and running. I wish EA and Chargepoint were even in the same ballpark.

EVgo needs to install chargers down on the southern end of the I5 SF LA corridor. Soon.

I wonder what will happen to use as BMW phases out free charging. Nissan can’t really afford to do it much longer, either. Also, most people I see on fast chargers (for everyday driving) are leasing their cars. No one who owns their battery will want to ruin it with weekly fast charging.

Some are using DCFC for daily (not weekly) charging as you can tell from those who plug in even when there’s more than 80% already. One lady admitted to daily charging; she said “it’s free, why not?” as she was sitting in her car for whole 30 minutes.

And you bring up the point I’ve been saying for years. Once the artificial demand by free charging dry up, the chargers are going to have tough time going. That’s why free charging is destructive to EV, and my repeated mantra,

Free charging SUCKS!!!!!

Agreed. I have seen way too often Leafs pull up to a charger with 80% plus, and just sit there. I drive 160 miles a day on my SparkEV, so I normally wouldn’t need more than 15 minutes to charge up to 80%, but the free charging program has encouraged people to use these chargers as free parking places, and actually taught them to abuse their battery.

I am happy with the idea of paying $0.39 per kW, and if someone sits at the site, $5/hour. ( Chargepoints do this ) . I will be happy to see more vendors, and less free charging. I see free charging abused way too much.

FWIW, I like EvGO, and have been a user and supporter of theirs for about 3 years. However, I think the time based charging needs to be ended for a per kW rate.

We paid for a gallon of gas, not how long it takes to fill up your tank. We need to do the same with our gallon of kWs.

Apparently some jurisdictions won’t allow a per kWh price from a non-utility. The per minute pricing is a decent compromise in my opinion. Your EV may only charge at a very slow rate above whatever % SOC but the guy/gal waiting for you to unplug will be able to charge at max rate. You are wasting their time, and that should cost you money (my opinion). What if nobody else is around? Well, it sucks. But it can suck less if the station includes a few $1/hr L2 charging stations for anyone who “needs” that last little bit.