EVgo Reaches Milestone Of 750 DC Fast Chargers In U.S.

OCT 28 2016 BY MARK KANE 40

EVgo continues to expand its charging network’s reach after its recent acquisition by Vision Ridge Partners earlier this year.

EVgo DC fast charger

EVgo DC fast charger

The latest announcement from the company shows that its DC charger counter has exceeded 750 units (40-50 kW each), which are installed in more than 55 metro markets.

In other words, EVgo is the largest provider of DC fast chargers (CHAdeMO and CCS Combo) in the US excluding Tesla, which uses its own proprietary standard.

EVgoFreedom Stations are also typically equipped with AC Level 2 charging station.

Facebook post (below) in response to the milestone shows that EVgo is also taking notes from EV owners to install more chargers between the cities, instead of focusing only on the metro areas.

Well-spaced stations would encourage long distance travel – so, perhaps they will become more of a reality in the near future, and we will see EVgo stations start to pop up in the  ‘middle of nowhere‘ alongside major routes, which would be especially handy as DC fast charging power output will soon be increased to 150 kW.

“Tim Edmonson We need 1,900 more spaced evenly 1 every roughly 25 miles to cover the existing US Interstate Highways.

EVgo – make it happen!!!

EVgo Network You’re right, Tim! We’re building out our network as fast as we can. With more chargers in the right locations, the easier it is to make the switch to driving electric. More EVs and less carbon!”

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Tesla covers the entire USA with 300 FREE Super Chargers. Fast chargers are less than half the speed and you have to pay more than home charging. I’ll stay with Tesla thanks.

Free?
Cheapest Tesla is the S60 with 218 miles of range at $66k
Chevy Bolt is $38k with 238 miles of range.
Tesla charging is not free, its prepaid.

Correct. And so worth it 🙂

Is it better to prepay $2000, or just pay when you need it?

Better to pay 5-6 cents per EPA mile (per credit) to Tesla via,

Ask again after Tesla unveils their new Supercharging payment scheme. It’ll be launched by next summer. Model 3 owners will not get supercharging for “free”.

It was a rhetorical question. Obviously it all depends on how much you plan to use Superchargers.

300? Really? More Like 312 – Sites (312 separate Locations) each with 4 – 6 – 8 – 10 – 12 supercharging Stalls!
https://supercharge.info/

See the ‘Data’ Tab for counts of individual stations, Most new ones in North America are typically 8 Stalls per Station or about 2,400 Stalls for Tesla to Charge, PLUS those CHAdeMO Chargers – if you want to get the Adapter (which costs less than the $750 CCS Option on the Bolt EV), at just $450!
http://shop.teslamotors.com/collections/model-s-charging-adapters/products/chademo-adapter

https://electrek.co/2016/09/20/chevy-bolt-ev-gm-confirms-750-dc-fast-charging-option-reveals-two-trims-starting-at-37500-msrp/

CHAdeMO latest update:
The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 13295.
— (Japan 6958 Europe 3866 USA 1956 Others 515) last update 2016.10.11
http://www.chademo.com/

Interesting – to say the least!

Tesla does covers the United States. The logic is that if you start driving on a 200 mile or 300 mile trip you in theroy could take a route were you never come across a Tesla supercharger.

Another example is you could come up to a Tesla Supercharger 30 or 50 miles in your trip but not run into one at the ending of your trip.

Or the odds are the Tesla supercharger could be in a awkward place were you have to drive 20 or 30 miles out of your way to get it.

I still don’t understand why these charging companies don’t partner with the states and install them at rest stops. States have already showed a willingness to invest real money in EV’s vis-à-vis state rebates. Quick chargers at rest stops would be perfectly spaced and provide the easiest on/off access for EV’s along the road.

Yep, that would be ideal.

Rest stops would be OK if there are restaurants there or something besides just toilets. I don’t know if I want to sit at a plane-Jane rest stop for an hour.

There’s a federal law in place that would restrict additional services at rest stops, so that’s not happening. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/interstate/faq.cfm#question31

However, installing 150kW CCS would mean a 30 minute stop would get you 200 miles (once cars fully support it of course, build it and they will come?).

That law is stating public right-a-ways. Such as side of the road, using an example of preventing businesses from selling before toll booths.

Several states are finding ways around this law. There are charging stations at rest stops in Georgia. There are not charging stations at Texas rest stops but there are a lot of vending machines.

This highway rest area in Washington state has a J1772 plug, but it’s free:

Gee Creek Northbound Safety Rest Area
http://api.plugshare.com/view/location/9116

It’s not exactly true that there’s no charging stations at Texas rest stops. There are 120V outlets that people use to charge. That’s not something I would want to do but, hey if you gotta charge, you gotta charge.

Even sitting for 30 minutes out in the middle of nowhere doesn’t sound like fun to me.

It’s fun if it means that you got to take your stealth dragster (the EV) on the roadtrip instead of the abysmally slow ICE. I’ll happily suffer through a thirty minute wait if it means I get to take the “nice” car on the weekend roadtrip.

But why not give me a sandwich shop or Starbucks, then I can kill 2 (or is that 3) birds with 1 stone.

I tried emailing Vdot about that about adding quick chargers at the Vriginia rest areas. They made a lame ecus how they couldn’t afford to build. And this was after I told them that the charger companies would pay for them. And Vdot wouldn’t have to give away the power for free.

I hope y’all know by now that I’m not against fast chargers at rest areas (IMO some rest areas would do well to have them) but it’s ain’t gonna happen until the Fedeeal regulation in place currently prohibiting commercial activity in Federal highway right of ways is changed somehow, OK?

The article mentions that “DC fast charging power output will soon be increased to 150 kW.”

I wonder what the timeline for this is. Are there concrete plans to actually roll this technology out in a meaningful way any time soon?

I would say it’s not too clear yet as to when 150 kW fast chargers will be on the market and actually being installed, but my guess would be by this time next year.

Hey, you got my comment from Facebook for this. I’ve been trying to note similar things on both EVGo and ChargePoint posts.

The US already has over 1900 DCFC availalbe, if these had been deployed strategically we’d already have coverage over all of the 48,000 miles of Interstate Feeways.

Lets get the next 1,900 DCFC installed properly and make this network of freeways work for electric vehicles! If that $2 Billion VW/Audi settlement were to be used, a mere 5% of that money should be able to give us a nationwide DCFC with one location every 25 miles, for 10% of the money we should be getting at least 2 per location every 25 miles.

Up til now it has not made much sence to install fast chargers between cities considering the range of 1st generation EVs and their charging rate of only 50 kW. But that’s all about to change, and VW will likely build an impressive nationwide 150 kW intra city fast charge network and possibly have decent coverage even as soon as 2020. It will be exciting to see!

Yep.. In Texas we just need a dozen or so DC Fast chargers to complete the Texas Triangle (Dallas – Austin – Houston) And it is really crazy because that’s not very many compared to how many such stations we already have in Texas. Yet, we can’t currently travel between cities.

And I would add that having L2 at these facilities is a must in case something goes wrong with the fast charger, at least a person would just have to sit there for 3 or 4 hours instead of calling a tow truck.

I would call a tow truck long before I would wait “3 or 4 hours”.

L2 isn’t a backup. Another DC charger with an alternate power source is (battery backup, propane or nat gas generator, etc).

Sometimes you have to wait 3 or 4 hours for a tow truck though.

Some of us don’t have the luxury. L2 J1772 charging should be available anywhere there is a fast charger. In a pinch it’s better than nothing.

Feel free to call a tow truck if you desire, but if all that is available is L2 I’ll just take a nap for a couple hours.

I wish the EV’s would have a feature that would allow me to power it Flintstones style.

SparkEV-Fiat500-Leased - M3 Reserved - Bolt- TBD

Betamax vs VHS scenario
Tesla vs CCS – DCFC

–VW’s $2Billion into a logical interstate infrastructure along established refueling stops that has established dwell areas and commercially viable already
— NVGO way — Free install and x time warranty for service. Charge for charge to allow maintenance coverage.

Works short and long term

In California most rest stops are about 40-50 miles apart. Putting at least L2 and preferably DCFC in about 1/3 to 1/2 of them would be more than enough to make it possible to go anywhere even in a Leaf.

Sitting in a rest stop for an hour is immensely preferable to sitting on the side of the highway– at least you’re off the roadway in a lighted area. It would be better if services could be provided– but maybe having chargers at the rest stops could be a wedge to changing the law to allow services, rather than the other way around?

EVGO’s plans are $15/month and $0.10/minute as a member or $6 per charge and $0.20/minute for the public.

Assume that 10% of total miles require DCFC. at national average 13,000 miles/year, that is 1,300 miles. Figure a Bolt EV @ 160 miles/hr charge speed.

9 charges/yr @ $6 each = $54
9 hours = 540 minutes x $0.20 = $108
Total annual cost = $162. Not a bad deal. A lot cheaper than the up-front $2,000 for SC.

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Exactly. I equate the $2000 estimated baked in charge to a pre-paid gas tank for rentals.

When is the last time one did that on your own dime?

I would LOVE to see Tesla data on how many cars actually plug in at SC after the first 3 months of novelty wears off.

The good news as we see more 200 mile BEV models (vs extinguish generation of 75-100 mile BEVs)
… the number DC Quickcharge station locations needed to cover an area drops by 1/4.
(1/2 number needed north/south & 1/2 needed east/west)

Higher density deployments will still be common in metro regions (closer spacing). This to support the existing 500,000+ BEVs, more for convenience with more congested traffic and usage patterns.

I have been very depressed with how fast they are building quick chargers. My expectations is there should be at least one two new ones a week. Instead I have seen a lot of cases were I haven’t seen a new quick charger built in runs of ten to twelve weeks.

This also goes for areas were they have a lot more money and ten times electric cars in my area.

Nationwide EVgo installed 16 fast chargers a month in June, July, and August. The pace has let up recently tho, but they really have been pumping them out.
(Source for my data is my recording of all fast chargers added to PlugShare that I’ve been doing for a year now.)

When I read all these responses I can’t help but think they read like an ad for the Chevy Volt.

Any idea when Evgo will allow Canadians to have a card?

The last time I asked the rep almost implied I was a scammer, because who drives out of the country in an EV?