The recently-acquired EV charging network has been quite busy of late.

EVgo today announced the opening of its 800th DC fast charging location. That's enough for EVgo to call themselves "the nation’s largest and most reliable public fast-charging network for electric vehicles." 

It's important to point out that while they do have the most locations - now a total of 800, they have less charging stalls than Electrify America because EVgo has fewer chargers per location. Many EVgo locations have only one or two chargers, while the minimum amount of chargers at any Electrify America site is four. 

Electrify America recently opened its 400th location, half the number of sites that EVgo currently has. However, Electrify America has close to 1,800 chargers at their 400 locations, and EVgo has fewer chargers than that deployed in their 800 sites. 

You may have noted they also said they were "the most reliable" public charging network, an obvious dig at Electrify America's well-documented reliability woes

“With the opening of our 800th fast charging location, EVgo is continuing to lead the industry in making it easier for Americans to go electric,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo. “Today, with over 100 million people living within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, EVgo and its customers and partners are helping to clean up the air and tackle climate change.”

2019 was a busy year for EVgo. EVgo opened up 75 locations and signed roaming agreements with Chargepoint and Electrify America. In January of this year, EVgo was acquired by LS Power.

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Still, the biggest news from EVgo in 2019 was that they became the first EV charging network to be allowed to add Tesla connectors to their stations and charge Tesla vehicles. We've been asked in the past why EV charging networks don't have Tesla connectors to service the most popular EVs on the roads, and the answer is because they are not allowed to.

Tesla has to grant the network permission to do so, and nobody but EVgo has been able to get Tesla's blessing yet. Every EV charging network wants to service Tesla vehicles, but Tesla won't allow them to. 

As you might expect, EVgo's largest presence is in the state of California and had this to say about their commitment to electrifying the Golden State:

In California, where more than half of the EVs in the U.S. are currently located, EVgo’s network of fast chargers grew by 40 percent in 2019. EVgo manages more than 300 fast-charging locations and 750 fast chargers across the state, connecting more than 80% of Californians to an EVgo fast charger within a 15-minute drive. In 2019, the company opened seven EVgo Equal Access Charging Hub (or EACH) locations in California communities most impacted by air pollution – including Anaheim, Compton, Inglewood, Richmond, and San Leandro – helping to promote electrification for all.

We expect to have a lot of charging network news in 2020. Now that EV adoption is starting to really see an increase, the charging networks are battling it out to get the early edge. EVgo, Electrify America, ChargePoint, GreenLots, and others will all be making the news this year and we'll keep you informed on the latest EV charging news as soon as it breaks. 

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EVgo Announces Opening of 800th EVgo Fast Charging Location

With record year of firsts in 2019, EVgo is leading the industry on renewable energy, Tesla connectors, and network growth


LOS ANGELES, March 2, 2020 – EVgo, the nation’s largest and most reliable public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), today announced the opening of its industry-leading 800th fast charging location. The new four 150kW EVgo fast charger station is located at a Sheetz convenience store in Chantilly, VA, and was built in partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as part of the Drive Electric Virginia initiative. All 800 EVgo fast charging locations are open today, with dozens more in construction and under development and many more to come as EVgo continues to expand.


The company’s network growth news accompanies the release of EVgo’s 2019 year-in-review highlights, which includes industry-leading milestones such as EVgo becoming the first public EV fast charging network in the U.S. to be powered by 100% renewable energy and the first EV charging network to offer integrated Tesla connectors on its owned and operated fast chargers.

EVgo was recently named to the Global Cleantech 100 List and honored as one of two Rising Stars of the Year in recognition of the company’s growth and innovation, selected from more than 8,300 global nominated companies from 80 countries.

“With the opening of our 800th fast charging location, EVgo is continuing to lead the industry in making it easier for Americans to go electric,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo. “Today, with over 100 million people living within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, EVgo and its customers and partners are helping to clean up the air and tackle climate change.”

EVgo opened 75 fast charging locations across the country in 2019, or the equivalent of more than one station opening per week. Nationwide, EVgo serves more than 200,000 customers who drive a broad array of fast charge-capable electric vehicles available today, including the Nissan LEAF Plus, Chevy Bolt, Kia Niro and Tesla Models 3, X, and S. EVgo, in partnership with ChargePoint, also implemented the nation’s largest public roaming EV charging integration in 2019, enabling access to more than 30,000 public chargers on both networks with a single app and no roaming fees.

In California, where more than half of the EVs in the U.S. are currently located, EVgo’s network of fast chargers grew by 40 percent in 2019. EVgo manages more than 300 fast charging locations and 750 fast chargers across the state, connecting more than 80% of Californians to an EVgo fast charger within a 15-minute drive. In 2019, the company opened seven EVgo Equal Access Charging Hub (or EACH) locations in California communities most impacted by air pollution – including Anaheim, Compton, Inglewood, Richmond, and San Leandro – helping to promote electrification for all.

In 2019, EVgo expanded its longstanding partnership with Nissan to build more than 200 additional fast charging stations and to launch a new charging credit program, Nissan Energy Perks. EVgo also built on its industry-leading work in electrified rideshare through partnerships with GM’s Maven Gig, Lyft, and Uber, as well as the continued powering of electric miles for other fleets across the U.S.

EVgo is also a leader in partnering with government agencies at the federal, state and local levels to spur EV adoption and promote transportation electrification, working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission, the Washington Department of Transportation, and siting public fast chargers directly with local governments from Richmond, CA, to Richmond, VA, and beyond.

LS Power’s January acquisition of EVgo further enables the company to accelerate growth in charging stations across the U.S.