EVgo commissions high-power EV fast charging station for the next generation of electric vehicles

EVgo, an electric vehicle (EV)
provider of fast charging stations, and electrification technology developer,
ABB, announce that they will deploy the nation’s first High-Power fast charging
station in Fremont, Calif, capable of delivering fast charging speeds. The High-Power
fast charging system, manufactured by ABB, features a maximum charging rate of
150 kW – providing a charge which is three times faster than what is available


The charger will assist with next generation electric vehicle
charging research, and will allow testing of EV research platforms at 150 kW
initially. The installed system has the potential to reach charging speeds of
up to 350 kW with an upgrade. As automakers align on future hardware and
service standards, the station will enable industry coordination and testing.
EVgo is using the station to study utility impacts, installation standards,
permitting, and building and safety requirements. It will also provide a
demonstration platform for electrical certification committees and building
code officials.





Both EVgo and ABB consider the implementation of High-Power fast
charging as a critical next step in the evolution of EVs, as automakers are
introducing new electric vehicles with increased battery capacities and longer
ranges. Already, two automakers have announced plans to sell vehicles in the
U.S. that will charge at significantly higher rates in less than two years.
Additionally, five automakers have announced a collaboration to build 400
High-Power charging stations (350 kW) throughout Europe.


The fastest available public chargers currently in the market are
50 kW, which can provide roughly three miles per minute of charge. A 150 kW
charger can provide nine miles per minute, and a 350 kW charger will provide
more than 20 miles per minute. The new charging station will be available to
automotive research vehicles on request, and is intended to help inform future
advances in electric vehicle development, range, capacity and charging speed.
The charger will not be open to the public, though it resides at the nation’s
busiest public fast charging site in Fremont, California.


EVgo has partnered with Lucky Supermarkets to install the charger
at its Mowry Avenue location in Fremont, where the High-Power fast charging
station is now in service. Fremont was chosen for the High-Power charging
station location because the area currently has the highest traffic in the EVgo
network, making it a natural fit for the rollout of a next generation charging
station. The High-Power charging station uses a CCS connection standard but is
not open to the public.


EVgo currently operates the largest public fast charge network in
the country, with over 900 fast chargers in 66 of the top-selling automotive
markets in the US, and supports all current charging standards. EVgo provides
exemplary service because it owns and operates its charging stations, and uses
a variety of flexible charging plans for drivers including pay-as-you-go,
low-cost membership charging plans and unlimited charging plans for customers
of partner OEMs, including BMW, Nissan and Ford. EVgo has ABB DC fast charging
stations installed across its network with the critical connectivity needed for
remote asset management, helping enable EVgo’s high uptime performance.


About ABB


ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products,
robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers
in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing
more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of
industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial
Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000
employees. www.abb.com


About EVgo


EVgo is America’s largest and most popular public fast charging
network for electric vehicles (EVs). EVgo provides drivers with a premium
service based on the fact that it owns and operates 100 percent of its
stations. EVgo charging stations include the fastest multi-standard
chargers available to the public and its rapid growth takes EV drivers further
than any other public network in the U.S. To find out more, or to join the EVgo
network, visit www.evgo.com.