EVgo Supports Tesla’s Supercharger Expansion – Good news for owners of Tesla cars and of course EVgo owners of electric vehicles in general. Tesla electric car drivers will soon have more public charging options outside of the company’s proprietary Supercharger network. EVgo last week announced that it will add more than 600 Tesla connectors to DC fast charging stations nationwide throughout the year.
That total includes 400 Tesla connectors for the existing Evgo charging stations. In addition there are 200 more connectors for the stations they are planning this year, the company Evgo said in a press release. The network will be concentrated around major cities, including: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Austin, Miami, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C.
According to Evgo, the connector is integrated with a DC fast charging station and can add distances of up to 100 miles in 30 minutes. The company also made a statement promising that it was the only third-party charging network to be incorporated into Tesla’s navigation system in the United States.
For us to know, EVgo first announced the Tesla connector in December two years ago. They started with charging sites in Los Angeles and San Francisco. EVgo’s strategy is to complement, rather than compete with, Tesla’s Supercharger network.
Just like the last round, this Tesla connector deployment loop is focused primarily around major metro areas. Meanwhile Tesla’s Supercharger network tends to focus on long-distance travel capabilities.
EVgo’s long-term goal is to turn its entire network into 100% renewable energy, and to offer all three of the major US market fast charging standards (CHAdeMO, CCS, and Tesla) without the need for separate adapters. The company is already working with the main users of the other two fast charging standards.
General Motors has partnered with EVgo to install 2,700 new CCS fast-charging connectors powered entirely by renewable energy, by 2025.
EVgo also has a project with Nissan that continues to use more of the CHAdeMO format 100 kw fast charger – even as the company is changing the CCS format with the upcoming Ariya electric crossover.