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EVgo plans high-energy fast charging at Chase bank branches, some with solar power

High-capacity EVgo DC fast charging stations are coming to Chase bank branches starting this summer — some with solar capabilities.

Chase will add fast charging at 50 branch locations, likely in California, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, according to an EVgo press release. Chase expects all of the sites to be available for use by the summer of 2023, so the installation of the entire network will take about a year.

Once ready, the 50 sites will deliver up to 9.4 million kWh annually, providing nearly 30 million miles of driving, EVgo claims.

2023 Toyota bZ4X at EVgo charging station

2023 Toyota bZ4X at EVgo charging station

All locations will include 100-kw and 350-kw chargers, and will be powered by 100% renewable energy, EVgo said. While EVgo did not provide any further details, the same release notes that Chase has solar installed at multiple branches and plans to expand.

The bank said it has added solar installations at more than 350 branches in Michigan, Arizona, Nevada and California, with additional installations in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Indiana and New York. Chase plans to complete installations at about 400 sites, plus 125 solar stadiums, by the end of 2022.

Meanwhile EVgo also collaborated with Meijer to add charging stations at select Midwest retailer locations. The company is also working with automakers to collect fees.

EVgo and GM

EVgo and GM

General Motors and EVgo formed a partnership to scale up the network later on, addressing urban electric vehicle charging needs and offering ride-hailing charging. Toyota EVgo is also looking for EVgo to charge drivers of its bZ4X electric crossover for free.

On the hardware side, EVgo also stands out among the charging networks for its willingness to try curbside fast charging, allowing for more flexible placement. And EVgo is also the first of the non-Tesla charging networks provide Tesla connectors at some locations.

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