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EVgo opens smart EV charging plaza in Sacramento

Steve Rogerson
May 7, 2019



California's first-ever kerbside high-powered smart charging plaza for electric vehicles has officially opened at Southside Park in Sacramento using technology from Los Angeles-based EVgo.
 
The ribbon cutting event was attended by: David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission and chair of Veloz; Commissioner Patricia Monahan from the California Energy Commission; Tyson Eckerle from the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development (Go Biz); Sacramento vice mayor Eric Guerra; Dave Tamayo from Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors; John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies; and Eileen Wenger Tutt, executive director of the California Electric Transportation Coalition.
 
"This project represents the type of innovative charging we need to make driving electric fast and convenient for all Californians," said Hochschild. "I applaud the leadership of EVgo and the city of Sacramento for coming together to show what's possible as we all work to achieve the state's ambitious clean transportation goals."
 
EVgo says it is America's largest public fast charging network. The chargers deliver up to 140 or 240km of range in 30 minutes and are compatible with all EV models on the market that accept DC fast charging. With more than 1100 fast chargers and more than 1000 level-two chargers in 66 metropolitan markets, EVgo's network is in 34 US states.
 
"EVgo has already built more than 550 fast chargers across the state of California and is building more than 130 new, conveniently located fast chargers across California to deliver reliable and affordable fast charging to EV drivers across the state," said Julie Blunden, executive vice president at EVgo. "We're proud to partner with the city of Sacramento on this innovative project, which will provide the first kerbside high-power EV fast charging service in the state."
 
The Southside Park location has six kerbside chargers, comprising three 50kW DC fast-chargers capable of delivering up to 140km of range in 30 minutes, and three 150kW DC fast-chargers capable of delivering up to 240km of range in 30 minutes.
 
"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," said Sacramento council member Steve Hansen. "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."
 
In June 2017, under Sacramento's Demonstration Partnerships Policy (Resolution 2017-0150), the city entered an agreement with EVgo to construct and operate the city's first kerbside EV charging partnership to test, evaluate and demonstrate the feasibility of kerbside EV charging. These chargers will be available as a paid service for EV drivers.
 
"ABB has collaborated with EVgo for several years in pioneering infrastructure technology such as the first public CCS and high-power charging systems in North America," added Bob Stojanovic, director of ABB's EV infrastructure business for North America. "This first-ever kerbside high-power charging plaza is the latest milestone in our shared mission to deliver a convenient, high-quality user experience to all EV drivers."