GM Teams With EVgo For Maven-Only Bolt Fast-Charge Network

APR 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 15

General Motors’ Maven and EVgo announced an agreement to construct a dedicated DC fast charging network available only to Maven Gig Chevrolet Bolt EV drivers.

EVgo fast charging station

The Maven Gig car sharing service for freelance drivers was launched in seven major U.S. cities and so far the fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs covered nearly 9 million electric miles.

Cars were often charged using the public network of EVgo stations, which were available for free for a limited time.

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Under terms of the deal, EVgo will now build networks of dedicated charging stations for Maven in markets where Maven operates:

  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Boston
  • Washington DC
  • Baltimore
  • Austin

There are no concrete details besides hints of “hundreds of charging stations“.

Urban rideshare drivers can easily log more than 50,000 miles per year according to Maven, which translates to the need for a lot of charging.

We see the need for these chargers, but we’re rather disappointed by the fact that they aren’t open to the public. Perhaps that will change in the future?

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Cathy Zoi, EVgo CEO said:

“EVgo is committed to working with fleet EV owners and operators to make charging quick and easy. Maven Gig EV Bolt on-demand drivers will have access to a dedicated EVgo fast charging network so they can fully charge in the time it takes to eat lunch.”

Julia Steyn, vice president, General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven said:

“Maven makes carsharing for the Gig economy easier. Maven Gig members have driven nearly 9 million electric miles. We’re excited to make charging seamless with our partner, EVgo.”

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15 Comments on "GM Teams With EVgo For Maven-Only Bolt Fast-Charge Network"

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ffbj
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ffbj

Good. The more evs the better & more charging stations, though no love for normal Bolt buyers. Oh well you can’t have everything..

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I’m shocked!
Another company with their own dedicated DCFC’s?

Where are all the posters blasting Tesla for having a private SC network?!?!?!?!?

Steven
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Steven

Hiding.

Stephen Bieda
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Stephen Bieda

Really silly that the Bolt was designed with a very slow 50 kW DCFC capability unlike the Kia Soul EV and others. Not a very future-proofed vehicle particularly for ride sharing or car sharing applications.

Cars with >50 kWh batteries need to be built with at least 100 kW DCFC if not 150 kW DC or greater.

BoltFan
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BoltFan

It supports more than 50kw. It’s been shown to go up to close to 60kw. And the manual mentions 80kW. There seems to be some software limit happening, though.

menorman
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menorman

The Bolt can do about 55kW, but the real travesty is the taper which occurs starting at around 55% and that is all the way down to L2 speeds by 80%.

Brian
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Brian

This. While Chevy advertises “up to 90 miles in 30 minutes”, the peak has been extrapolated from measurements as slightly over 100 miles. That’s a decent rate, but the next 30 minutes will only give you half that.

But even as it is, I don’t mind stopping once for 30 minutes on a 300+ mile trip. It will get a little tedious this summer when I am taking it on a 550 mile trip, but even that’s not too bad. I have a few stops planned with a meal to pass the time.

The even bigger problem is simply the lack of chargers. If I knew that there would be a 100kW charger exactly when I needed it, I would just drive the battery really low, and charge in the sweet spot. As it is, I get nervous and leave a nice reserve of 20-25%. This means that even a 30 minute charge puts me into the taper region, which dramatically slows the charging rate.

scottf200
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scottf200

Here is a visual chart to speak to your comments.
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bro1999
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The GM haters have one less thing to complain about now.

SparkEV
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Not only that, it’s a model that should be followed by others! Unlike Nissan and BMW that’s hindering EV adoption by destroying EV experience with crappy (Leaf) and overpriced (i3) EV and must bundle free charging, GM is the leader with regard to free charging. It’s even better than Tesla free (or 400 kWh free) charging.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney
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ItsNotAboutTheMoney

Clearly GM has realized that not being in infrastructure is bad. I wonder if it’ll inform their policies with private PEV sales.

Kdub
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Kdub

Right now, the GM Maven vehicles are clogging up a lot of the Evgo fast chargers in California, making them unusable for the general public. This is great news for other folks who want to charge.

It would be great if Maven encouraged drivers to move to a level 2 after 80%, because I have seen many Bolts sitting at the DCFC for more than 1 hr trying to get to 100%

SparkEV
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I noticed several Maven drivers plugged in for over an hour long after charging stopped. If they can’t even be bothered to move the car after charge is done, I doubt we can convince them the hassle of moving their cars after 70%. Unlike SparkEV, Bolt tapers to about half power (25 kW) after 70%, not 80%.

Another thing pissing me off about Bolt is alarm blasting when DCFC is disconnected after charge is stopped. WTF? You expect us to wait for non-charging EV illegally parked? F’in Bolt!

SparkEV
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Wow, this is great news! GM pissed me off with free charging Maven and clogging up the entire city’s DCFC infrastructure, so getting them off into Maven dedicated spot will free them up for others.

As for comments that these new ones will not be for public, trust me, that’s a great thing. There’s nothing worse than arriving at DCFC shown to be available only to find free charing Bolt that just plugged just seconds ago with hour long wait until your turn.

Now only if we can convince Nissan and BMW to follow GM’s lead and have their own free chargers instead of using public ones…

Brian
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Brian

The only chargers around here only exist because of Nissan/BMW’s program. If those were Nissan/BMW only, things would be far worse! I’d rather wait behind someone than not have a charger at all. It’s still faster than L2.