Late last week, EVgo — America’s largest public fast charging network — officially opened California’s first-ever curbside DC fast-charger station.
- EVgo has opened its first curbside 50-kilowatt DC fast-charger in Sacramento, CA.
- The new chargers also feature 150-kilowatt fast chargers, which put them ahead of the tech curve.
- EVgo currently has 550 fast-chargers across the US, with 130 more in the near future.
The just-opened charging station, located in Sacramento, features six 50-kilowatt DC fast-chargers capable of delivering 90 miles of charge in just 30 minutes. Impressively, the station also includes three 150-kilowatt DC fast-chargers. These can provide enough electricity for 150 miles of range — again, in just 30 minutes.
EVgo’s inclusion of the 150-kilowatt DC fast-chargers might seem odd at first blush, since there are virtually no cars on the market that can receive such a hefty charge. However, there will be soon. The Audi e-tron quattro all-electric SUV will be the first to the U.S. market capable of such quick recharge times. And there will be many more in the coming years.
So, while those chargers might sit seldom used for the next couple years, EV drivers will surely relish their existence in the years to come.
In addition to being forward-looking, the chargers are well located too. The station is on Sacramento’s 6th Street, alongside the city’s Southside park, which features a farmers market on Sundays. Furthermore, it’s just blocks from nearby shops and restaurants. Plus, with close access to Interstate 5 and the I-80 business loop interchange, it’ll be easily accessible for EV drivers passing through the area.
“Low-cost and convenient EV charging on our City streets will make it easy for residents and visitors alike to shift to electric vehicles and away from fossil fuels,” Sacramento Councilmember Steve Hansen said in a prepared statement. “I’ve worked hard to get EV charging into the right-of-way, and now with the EVgo station at Southside Park, users will be able get the charge they need and take time to enjoy the park, walk to Insight Coffee, or enjoy the Sunday Farmers Market.”
EVgo currently has more than 550 fast-chargers across the U.S. and it is in the process of adding 130 more. Hopefully, more of these chargers will not only be easily accessible curbside chargers, like those in Sacramento, but also 150-kW DC fast-chargers. While they might be underutilized for the first couple years, they will be essential to bringing down one of the largest barriers facing EVs: range anxiety.
If people know they can get a healthy 150-mile charge in just 30 minutes, perhaps they’ll be more likely to choose an EV over a fossil-fuel-burning vehicle. What’s more, local businesses could see these chargers as a boon. That’s because they’ll essentially have a nearby, captive audience — for 30 minutes at least.
Another reason this new curbside station is important is because, unlike Europe, which is installing chargers in light posts, most of America’s charging stations have been located in not-always-convenient parking lots or structures. Putting one in a location at which people already want to go is a good step in the right direction.
After all, if we expect people to begin adopting EVs, we can’t expect them to inconvenience themselves to charge it. Companies such as EVgo and municipalities like Sacramento get that. Hopefully, others follow suit.