In a move that will enable more widespread adoption of EV-based mobility, General Motors and fast charging network company EVgo announced an agreement to add 2,700 fast chargers over the next 5 years across the U.S. The new announcement will roughly triple the companies’ existing network.
Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO, said:
“We are moving quickly to bring new EVs to market that customers will love. know how important the charging ecosystem is for drivers, one that includes access to convenient and reliable public fast charging. Our relationship with EVgo will bolster the public fast charging network available to EV customers ahead of increased market demand and reinforce our commitment to an all-electric, zero-emissions future.”
According to GM, the availability of a more ubiquitous fast charging network will help to open up the EV market to new customer segments, including customers who live in multi-unit homes, rent their homes and can’t install chargers, or might not have access to workplace charging. The company stated that with the new rollout, chargers will become available at places these consumers regularly frequent, like grocery stores, retail outlets, entertainment centers and other high-traffic locations, enabling them to charge their vehicles in the time it takes to run errands.
The first of the new EVgo fast charging stations will be available as soon as early 2021, and most will be able to charge at least four vehicles simultaneously. The stations will feature new charging technology with 100-350-kilowatt capabilities. In line with the requirements of an increasingly powerful set of EVs coming to market.
The fast chargers will be powered entirely with renewable energy. Earlier this year, General Motors committed to all U.S. plants running on renewable energy by 2030 and all global plants running on renewable energy by 2040. The company also entered the year with a goal of launching 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023. In 2019, EVgo became the first North American charging company to contract for 100 percent renewable energy to power its chargers.