Which is better for DC fast charging - curbside or parking lot?

EVgo and Cie ty of Sacramento announced the installation of California’s first-ever curbside high-power charging station.

The station is located at Southside Park and consists of six curbside chargers, equipped with both CHAdeMO and CCS Combo plugs:

  • three 50 kW chargers
  • three 150 kW chargers

According to the press release, the project will enable a test of curbside layout in comparison to more common fast charging stations at parking lots.

"In June 2017, under Sacramento’s Demonstration Partnerships Policy (Resolution 2017-0150), the City entered into an agreement with EVgo to construct and operate the City’s first curbside EV charging partnership in order to test, evaluate, and demonstrate the feasibility of curbside EV charging."

EVgo's network consists of more than 1,100 DC fast chargers and more than 1,000 AC Level 2 terminals in 66 metropolitan markets in 34  states.

In California, the company installed more than 550 DC fast chargers and another 130 are coming in the near future.

 
 

Julie Blunden, Executive Vice President of Business Development at EVgo said:

“EVgo has already built more than 550 fast chargers across the state of California and is building more than 130 new, conveniently located fast chargers across California to deliver reliable and affordable fast charging to EV drivers across the state. We’re proud to partner with the City of Sacramento on this innovative project, which will provide the first curbside high-power EV fast charging service in the state.”

CEC Chair David Hochschild said:

“This project represents the type of innovative charging solutions we need to make driving electric fast and convenient for all Californians. I applaud the leadership of EVgo and the City of Sacramento for coming together to show what’s possible as we all work to achieve the state’s ambitious clean transportation goals.”

Sacramento Councilmember Steve Hansen said:

“Low-cost and convenient EV charging on our City streets will make it easy for residents and visitors alike to shift to electric vehicles and away from fossil fuels. I’ve worked hard to get EV charging into the right-of-way, and now with the EVgo station at Southside Park, users will be able get the charge they need and take time to enjoy the park, walk to Insight Coffee, or enjoy the Sunday Farmers Market.”

Bob Stojanovic, Director of ABB’s EV Infrastructure business for North America said:

“ABB has collaborated with EVgo for several years in pioneering infrastructure technology such as the first public CCS and high-power charging systems in North America. This first-ever curbside high-power charging plaza is the latest milestone in our shared mission to deliver a convenient, high-quality user experience to all EV drivers.”