Largest EV Charging Network Commits To 100% Renewable Energy

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates that roughly 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the country come from the transportation industry. This makes it the single largest contributor of carbon emissions in the U.S.

  • Electric car charging network, EVgo has committed to using all renewable energy.
  • The quickly growing network is already using 100% renewable energy in California.
  • EVgo estimates it saved 17,000 tons of carbon emissions in 2018 alone.

Keen to counteract this, by both eliminating not only tailpipe emissions but also other emissions generated in electricity generation, EVgo — the nation’s largest EV charging network — has committed to going 100% renewable with the energy supplied to its charging stations.

The company is in the midst of buying Green-e certified wind and solar energy through its energy suppliers as well as from its renewable energy certificate (REC) partners.

EVgo is already buying 100% solar RECs from California. It intends to purchase more bundled renewable energy from partners once they are certified through the California Air Resources Board Renewable Energy Pathways program.

The City of Sacramento today joined with EVgo, opening California’s first-ever curbside high-powered charging plaza for electric vehicles. | Photo: EVgo

 

“At EVgo we understand that our customers value all the ways EVs deliver a delightful driving experience, from better acceleration to eliminating tailpipe emissions,” Julie Blunden, Executive Vice President for Business Development at EVgo, said int a prepared statement. “EVgo is the national leader in customer satisfaction and we plan to extend that lead with 100% renewable energy powering every mile charged on our convenient and reliable fast charging network.”

The brand estimates that it prevented 17,000 metric tons of carbon emissions in 2018 alone. With this announcement, and its plans to double its number of charging stations by the end of 2020, EVgo should supplant a lot more carbon emissions in the years to come.

EVgo is no slouch, when it comes to growing its network, the brand seems to make weekly strides. Last week in fact the company revealed that it had opened California’s first curbside fast-charger station.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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