EVgo is future-proofing its fast charging sites with the ability to double charging capacity

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NRG EVgo has over 350 DC fast chargers in 19 markets – more than four times more than any other public network – as of May 2015. The company also lays claim to the most powerful network of CHAdeMO and CCS chargers in the US. While others are rolling out DC chargers in the 20 kW range, EVgo’s rapidly expanding network has no stations below 44 kW.

“The very near future suggests that anything below 50 kW is not going to be considered fast charging,” Brendan Jones told Charged. After more than 20 years with Nissan, Jones recently moved to a leading role at NRG EVgo.

“The future moves fast, and for EV charging that future is based on speed of delivery,” Jones continued. “EVgo’s vision of fast charging includes laying the groundwork for future chargers to deliver 100 kW. Our stations are designed to adapt to standards as they improve and shift with the rapidly evolving technology of both the charging infrastructure and the needs of the vehicles being charged.”

EVgo believes that, at least initially, the vast majority of EV owners purchase their vehicles for driving in and around a given city. That is why the company has focused on comprehensive metropolitan coverage of fast charging infrastructure. Jones explained that as automakers are planning larger-capacity batteries and longer range – 200 miles and above – EVgo will shift focus to provide a comprehensive intercity charging infrastructure as well, allowing EV drivers to drive nationally with more “range confidence.”

 

Image courtesy of NRG EVgo

  • jstack6

    Some day they might get close to the Tesla speedy Super Chargers at 120 kW. In the greater Phoenix area NRG only has some plain old J-1772 running at 5-6 kW. Nothing others aren’t doing.

  • http://www.efest.ca Robert (Electricman) Weekley

    There still needs to be a mix of selections in Fast Charging (Just like Tesla with the original 3 Battery Choices!) – and they could be ~ 25 kW; ~ 50 kW; and ~ 90 – 100 – 120 kW!

    Each has it’s own purpose. For example – for some time to come 120 kW would be overkill for charging while watching a movie or a play at the Theatre; but 25 kW would be quite slow on a Service Centre on the Highway between Cities!

    Malls, (Strip malls or Shopping Centres) could use 25 kW DC Chargers just fine, and Gas Stations could do just fine adding 44 – 50 kW DC Chargers! Hotels and Motels should not need anything faster than 25 kW Charging for Guests – since most will be staying 5 – 10+ hours! Having 90 – 100 – 120 kW at places between Cities like Rest Stops and Service Centres, would be more the ideal!

    The bigger issues are that Most Non-Tesla DC QC’s are installed in Singles, when they should at least be in pairs; plus – they should be supplemented with at least a pair of Faster AC Charging stations at 6.6 – 10 kW as well – for times when the DC chargers fail! These could also be supplemented with lower power (20 Amp 3.3 kW) AC Charging stations for the Plug-in Hybrids and older BEV’s that only can charge at 3.3 kW – so as to free up the higher power AC chargers for cars that can take advantage of them!

    Another thing – as far as I have seen – few – if any ‘EV Infrastructure’ companies post a visible map of their current, coming soon, and future planned Charging Station Installations! They all could learn a bunch from the Supercharger listing on Tesla’s Web site in that aspect!

  • Grant Kluzak

    NRG EVgo has been listening to us in southern California. They have been placing the chargers between San Diego and LA. Allowing is to do just as the article mentions and take out city cars (i3) in particular and go intercity. A 250 mile day is quite easy for us with a few charges/coffee/bathroom stops.