General Motors and EVgo have partnered to add 2,700 EV fast chargers nationwide in the United States over the next five years. With this expansion, the EVgo fast-charging network, which was already the nation’s largest, is set to triple in size.
In a statement, GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker’s planned charging station expansion is representative of its commitment to EVs and ensuring the technology continues to rise in popularity.
“We are moving quickly to bring new EVs to market that customers will love,” Barra said. “We 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.”
GM says the EV fast chargers will be installed in both cities and suburbs and at places such as grocery stores, retail outlets, entertainment centers and “other high-traffic locations.” Additionally, it says most of the EVgo DC fast-charging stations will be able to charge up to four vehicles at once and will have 100-to 350-kW capabilities for charging the more powerful EVs that are coming market – like the GMC Hummer EV, for example.
EVs may be better for the environment than gas cars are, but the advantages are somewhat negated if the electric energy is sourced from a fossil-fuel-fired power plant. As such, all 2,700 of these new EVgo charging stations will draw power from 100% renewable resources. EVgo became the first North American vehicle charging company to only set up chargers where it can run them off of 100 percent renewable energy last year.
GM and EVgo will likely collaborate to install more EV fast chargers as demand for electric vehicles grows. The automaker says the two companies “designed this new endeavor to leverage private investment alongside government grant and utility programs,” to help it build out a charging infrastructure before it begins to roll out electric vehicles en masse. Unlike Tesla, GM is not interested in building its own charging network and says setting up “necessary charging infrastructure ahead of market demands will require continued public-private partnership.”
GM is currently working to bring 20 new electric vehicles to market globally by 2023 and has sidelined $20 billion to develop both EVs and autonomous vehicles between now and 2025. Every single one of GM’s brands will eventually offer an EV product, as well, with the automaker planning several different Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Buick electric vehicles at the moment.