High-Power 350-kW Charging Station Coming to California

EVgo plans to bring the fastest of fast chargers to America, right next to the world’s tallest thermometer.

The charging station network company just announced that it will bring the very first “High-Power” public charging station to the U.S. next year to Baker, Calif. The company says that it will be seven-times faster than any fast chargers currently available to the public.

It’s being placed next to what the Baker calls the World’s Tallest Thermometer. For anyone who’s ever driven the I-15 highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, they must have noticed it.

The World’s Tallest Thermometer High-Power station will offer four High-Power DC fast chargers capable of up to 350 kilowatts each. As you can see in the concept diagram above, the station will feature a solar canopy to provide some of the power for charging. It will also include backup batteries.

These fast-charging ports will be compatible with both CCS and CHAdeMO protocol standards.

The site will be able to accommodate up to eight chargers in the future. EVgo expects to have the first version of the station completed by June 2017.

“EVgo is laser focused on the needs of our customers, and they want faster charging at more locations,” said Terry O’Day, vice president, product strategy and market development at EVgo. “The World’s Tallest Thermometer High-Power station is an important step for the EV industry, as this new standard will open the EV market to even wider audiences. When this station opens to the public next year, EV drivers will enjoy a new level of freedom.”

SEE ALSO:  EVgo Becomes Independent Charging Network as NRG Settles with California

In June, NRG EVgo became EVgo, an independent charging network, after NRG Energy completed all of its legal commitments to the state of California. Investment firm Vision Ridge Partners acquired EVgo from NRG, with what was then EVgo’s 665 fast chargers in more than 50 metro markets. NRG turned over ownership of EVgo as part of the utility company’s settlement with California over a legal battle going back 15 years.

EVgo said that its network now reaches over 60 U.S. markets, and offers more than 800 DC fast charging locations.

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