EVgo Will get Huge Charging Station Award From Ohio

The Ohio Division of Transportation, by way of its DriveOhio program, is awarding hundreds of thousands of {dollars} to get extra EV quick chargers put in within the state. The cash, naturally, is coming from the Nationwide Electrical Automobile Infrastructure (NEVI) program. EVgo is popping out to be a giant winner within the award funding in Ohio. The EV charging chief and its eXtend companions are receiving $13.8 million to get 20 new EV quick chargers put in across the state.

The majority of those — 14 of the 20 places — are locations owned by eXtend companion Pilot Firm. (It’s a fueling station community, not an organization manufacturing airline pilots.) All the charging stations at these places shall be 350kW ultra-fast chargers.

Including this $13.8 million, DriveOhio is rising to $18 million of deployed NEVI capital for advancing EV charging within the Buckeye State, aka the Birthplace of Aviation (if we need to return to that Pilot connection). Of that $18 million in funding, EVgo and its companions have wolfed up 75% ($13.5 million). Kudos to EVgo for being an early chief and sticking by way of years of powerful development to get to those extra mature phases of the EV revolution and electrical car infrastructure rollout within the States.

“Quick charging deployments are poised to scale at unprecedented charges due to the public-private partnerships strengthened by NEVI, and states like Ohio are main the way in which,” mentioned Cathy Zoi, CEO at EVgo. “Due to our lengthy operational historical past and our blue ribbon partnerships on each our owned and operated community and thru our eXtend enterprise, we’re well-positioned to ship the quick charging infrastructure wanted by states like Ohio. We thank the state for choosing us and our eXtend companions as we proceed to broaden our community to satisfy the rising demand for charging within the Buckeye State.”

It’s possible you’ll be considering, like I used to be, “Hey, have I missed a variety of different bulletins like these from different states?” I don’t recall seeing a lot information about state deployments of NEVI funding. And the explanation for that’s that there hasn’t been a lot of it. Ohio is without doubt one of the first states to announce such EV charging infrastructure awards.

Due to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Regulation handed by the US Congress (earlier than the Home tipped in favor of Republicans) and Joe Biden, greater than $5 billion in funding is sitting in ready for states to deploy towards EV charging infrastructure. Whereas DriveOhio has awarded $18 million up to now for 27 charging stations, over the approaching 5 years, it can award greater than $100 million.

In the meanwhile, Ohio has 130 public EV quick chargers in operation. EVgo operates 37 of them at 10 places. My one downside is that many stations don’t have sufficient stalls. Together with simply 4 charging stalls (as is usually the case) results in vehicles ready for an open spot and being delayed on their travels — whether or not these are round city or lengthy distance. I believe all events — charging station corporations, policymakers, and so on. — must focus extra on together with at the very least 8 charging stalls at a charging station, and extra in high-traffic areas. This may make a giant distinction in enabling simpler, extra handy EV transportation and can invite extra individuals to go electrical. Hopefully the DriveOhio funding will assist to construct out extra current stations (add cost ports) along with funding charging infrastructure at new places like on this newest spherical of funding. We will see.


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