Public charging operator EVgo has developed a prefabrication approach to new station installation that it says could halve the average station installation time and deliver substantial savings on station construction costs, while ensuring consistent, high-quality assembly in a controlled environment.
The scalable design packages six or more DC fast charging stalls, along with power cabinets and other required components, on a modular skid. The prefabricated skids can accommodate lighting and security cameras, and can integrate with canopies to offer shade and protection from weather. The skid frame can be covered with synthetic turf once installed, providing a layer of cushioning for dropped connectors.
EVgo can perform pre-commissioning at the fabrication facility, which should further accelerate deployment.
“There are roughly 30,000 fast chargers in the US today, and by 2030, industry analysts estimate we’ll need more than 300,000,” said Dennis Kish, EVgo COO. “Innovations like this prefabrication model are critical to scale EVgo’s network. Prefabricated stations can not only help us save time and cut costs, but also elevate the customer experience by providing popular features drivers want.”
EVgo’s prefabrication projects are underway at locations in Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina and Texas. A Texas site will be the first to use the new method. Construction is to begin this month, and the company aims to open the site to the public by February 2024. Yes, even using the latest and greatest methods, deploying fast chargers takes time.