Given the recent news of 'ultra fast' DC fast charging stations soon to arrive in Europe, it was only a matter of time before the first unit would be installed in the US.
As it turns out, EVgo has announced today that it has broken ground on the first 350 kW public charging station to be added to its network.
Like the "classic" NRG EVgo stations, the new 350 kW terminals will feature both CHAdeMO and CCS protocols
Dubbed the "World’s Tallest Thermometer High-Power station", apparently because of its location to the ...World's Tallest Thermometer in Baker, California, the station will actually feature four high-power DC fast chargers, all capable of outputting 350 kW each (perfect for 2019 Porsche Mission E owners).
Terry O’Day, Vice President, Product Strategy and Market Development at EVgo said of the event
“EVgo is laser focused on the needs of our customers and they want faster charging at more locations. The World’s Tallest ThermometerHigh-Power station is an important step for the EV industry,as this new standard will open the EV market to even wider audiences. When this station opens to the public next year, EV drivers will enjoy a new level of freedom.”
Not satisfied at just the stations themselves, the location also includes a solar canopy for power generation, and back-up batteries for storage. As for charging protocols, the units are equipped with both CHAdeMO and CCS connections.
EVgo expects to have the station completed by June. Currently the network is in over 60 US markets and feature more than 800 DC fast charging locations.