NRG EVgo has quietly become one of the largest and fastest-growing DC fast charging networks in the US. In total, it’s currently operating more than 350 DC fast chargers in 19 markets – doubling in size in the past eight months.
In fact, as of May 2015, it has over four times more CHAdeMO and CCS fast chargers installed than any other public network.
The company told us that it has no plans to slow down its growth, and by the end of the year it will be fully operational in another 7 markets. Currently, EVgo operates more than 100 DC fast chargers in the LA market; 50 in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas; 28 in Chicagoland and 10 coming online in Denver. Dozens more sites in half a dozen metro areas are in the permitting and construction process.
“In Atlanta, with help from our partner site owners like Simon Properties and AAA Car Care Centers, we have been able to get 28 locations online in just the last six months – opening another 9,000 square miles to EV owners,” NRG EVgo President Arun Banskota recently told Charged.
The company started its EV charging network buildout in Texas where NRG is headquartered and already serves over 2 million retail electricity customers, with thousands of employees located there. “It was a good place to demonstrate the complete business model,” said Banskota. “Today, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth are both significant metropolitan areas with growing bases of EV sales. They are our most mature networks, but our fastest-growing areas are in California and Atlanta.”
“The purpose of the EVgo network is to provide all EV drivers, no matter the make of their vehicle, with confidence in their ability to travel. It is not just about that ability city to city. It is arguably even more important to provide that confidence in the greater metro area of a city.
Houston, for example has a contiguous footprint that is 8,778 square miles. It is bigger than the state of New Jersey. The Freedom Station sites in Houston allow EV drivers, no matter their vehicles’ range, to roam that entire region with ease. It gives them the ability to quickly recharge in a location where they can actually get something done.”
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