GM and EVgo have announced the installation of their 1,000th fast-charging stall in an ongoing collaboration to expand electric vehicle charging in the U.S. The 1,000th stall was opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Woodridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and is located at the Woodgrove Festival Shopping Mall. Several representatives from GM and EVgo spoke at the ceremony, including GM Director of EV Infrastructure Deployment Alex Keros, and EVgo Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Francine Sullivan, among others.
In the announcement, GM highlighted accelerating EV adoption in Illinois following the passage of legislation in 2021 that established the goal of reaching 1 million registered EVs by 2030, while also creating new charging infrastructure incentives. Illinois is set to invest $148 million in EV charging stations over the next five years.
“The availability of fast charging infrastructure is key to widespread EV adoption and consumer confidence in all-electric transportation. That is why we’re working with GM to build convenient and reliable fast charging stations across the country to serve current and future EV drivers,” said EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi. “Today, we’ve hit a major milestone in our joint efforts to electrify the transportation sector and we look forward to further expanding our charging footprint with GM in the coming years to realize our vision of Electric for All.”
Collaboration between GM and EVgo was announced in 2020. So far, the collaboration has resulted in the opening of new DC fast charging stalls in almost 230 locations across 39 markets and 27 states. Most provide 350 kW charging capabilities. Looking ahead, the two companies hope to install 3,250 DC fast charging stalls in “major metro markets,” focusing on places where EV drivers tend to spend time, including retail centers and grocery stores, while also providing a charging option for those customers that can’t charge at home or at work.
GM’s collaboration with EVgo is part of the automaker’s broader Ultium Charge 360 initiative, which, in addition to expanding access to public charging stations, includes improvements to reliability and the customer experience, such as through enhanced “health checks” across the charging network, and customer education through GM’s dealer network.