LOS ANGELES – As the country commemorates Earth Day, EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) and only platform powered by 100% renewable electricity, today officially opened four of its newest fast chargers in our nation’s capital at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, as well as two additional fast chargers at a shopping center in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi was onsite to celebrate the opening of the new stations.
“Powering clean transportation for everyone is what EVgo does. As we celebrate Earth Day by bringing EV fast chargers to D.C.’s historic Union Station, EVgo is excited to serve drivers while they shop, dine, or have a wander around the glorious monuments and gardens in our nation’s capital,” said Zoi.
EVgo recognizes the importance of its mission to deliver sustainable transportation solutions every day, but particularly on Earth Day. Electrifying transportation has economic, environmental, and national security benefits, and EVgo has been helping avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since the deployment of the network’s first urban fast chargers more than a decade ago. Since the Company’s inception, EVgo has powered more than 282 million zero-emission miles, saving more than 12.5 million gallons of gas and reducing 114,000 metric tons of CO2, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GHG equivalencies calculator.
The new fast chargers opening today further advance EVgo’s rapid expansion across the mid-Atlantic states, powered by partnerships with vehicle manufacturers and public policymakers who recognize the importance of accelerating deployment of fast charging infrastructure to enable widespread EV adoption. Both sites leverage 200kW-shared power configurations, with each charger capable of dispensing electricity to two vehicles simultaneously.
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For years, EVgo has been naming its nationwide network of public fast chargers to make charging easy and fun for its customers. In a nod to canine bipartisanship, the four new fast chargers in Washington are being named for a bipartisan group of Presidential “First Dogs”: the Bidens’ German Shepherds, Champ and Major; one of the Obamas’ Portuguese Water Dogs, Sunny; and one of the (George W.) Bush family’s Scottish Terriers, Miss Beazley. In partnership with the Union Station Parking Garage and Bus Facility (USPGLLC) and Colonial Parking, Champ, Major, Sunny, and Beazley are conveniently located in the intermodal parking and transportation facility of iconic Union Station, where President Biden boarded his beloved Amtrak regularly for the 36 years he commuted to the Senate from his home in Delaware.
This fast charging station is supported by EVgo’s collaboration with Nissan, through which the two companies are adding more than 200 fast chargers across the country in addition to providing $250 of charging credit to eligible buyers or lessees of new Nissan LEAF or LEAF Plus vehicles.
The two new fast chargers at Bethesda Row, a Federal Realty Investment Trust property bustling with restaurants, shops and other businesses in the heart of downtown Bethesda, Maryland, were also supported by Nissan as well as a grant from Maryland’s Clean Fuels Incentive Program.
The Union Station and Bethesda Row installations are the latest in EVgo’s expansion across the mid-Atlantic States, including Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Today, EVgo has an industry-leading 98 percent uptime across its network of over 800 charging sites that serve more than 235,000 customers across 34 states.
Both of the new EVgo stations announced today leverage EVgo Access®, an innovation embedded into the EVgo app to enable customers to access charging stations in gated parking lots without paying additional parking fees. There are more paid parking lots and garages than grocery stores in the U.S., and unlocking access to a combination of these spaces will be necessary to enable more drivers to go electric, especially for residents of multi-unit dwellings.