EVgo and ABB Bringing Fastest Charger to California Supermarket

EVgo and ABB say they are bringing the nation’s first High-Power fast charging station to a supermarket in Fremont, Calif.

Manufactured by Swiss engineering firm ABB, the High-Power fast charging system features a maximum charging rate of 150kW. The EVgo charging network has partnered with Lucky Supermarkets to install the charger at its Mowry Avenue location in Fremont, where the High-Power fast charging station is now in service.

Along with providing fast charging, EVgo and ABB see it as a platform for next-generation electric vehicle charging research and testing. EVgo will also tap into the station to study utility impacts, installation standards, permitting, and building and safety requirements. It will also serve as a demonstration platform for electrical certification committees and building code inspection officials.

The High-Power system also has the capacity to reach charging speeds of up to 350kW with an upgrade. It will also fit into EVgo’s project announced months ago, which will be placed next to the “World’s Tallest Thermometer” in Baker, Calif. Located along the I-15 highway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, this station will offer four High-Power DC fast chargers capable of up to 350 kilowatts each.

The companies said that Fremont – home of Tesla’s factory – was chosen for the first High-Power station because the area currently has the highest traffic in the EVgo network. The High-Power charging station utilizes a CCS connection standard but is not open to the public.

They see High-Power fast charging as a critical step in the evolution of electric vehicles going to the next level of adoption. One indication of fast charging taking off cited in the release is five automakers announcing a collaboration to build 400 High-Power charging stations throughout Europe capable of reaching 350kW.

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The potential is coming together for a fast charger to deliver over six-times quicker than what’s out there now. Disregarding Tesl Superchargers, and a select few other chargers out there, the companies say that 50kW are the fastest public chargers currently available in the U.S., and they can provide three miles per minute of charge. A 150kW charger can provide nine miles per minute, and a 350kW charger will provide more than 20 miles per minute.

“EVgo has taken another first step in next generation High-Power fast charging that will advance the entire electric vehicle industry,” said Terry O’Day, vice president, product strategy and market development at EVgo. “Our goal is to enable improved fast charging service in the future, helping our automotive OEM partners provide even more convenient and appealing options to their customers.”

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