EVgo partners with Meijer for Midwest EV fast-charging at up to 350 kw

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https://www.greencarreports.com/new...-for-midwest-ev-fast-charging-at-up-to-350-kw

The charging network EVgo on Thursday announced a partnership that will install publicly accessible EV fast-charging stations at Meijer supercenter locations in the Midwest.

Although EVgo didn’t say exactly how many stations the partnership will include, it plans to start installing them in summer 2021.

At present, the charging provider has more than 800 fast-charging locations, and with more than 250 locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Meijer will give EVgo a consistent retail environment—a bit like Electrify America and its Walmart connections.

EVgo’s new chargers will potentially be as fast-charging as some of those offered by Electrify America. They’ll range from 100 kw—enough to charge a Chevy Bolt EV, Hyundai Kona Electric, or Kia Niro EV at full speed—up to the 350 kw that can accomplish an especially speedy charge for the Porsche Taycan.
 

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That's outstanding news! I noticed at the time of the RAN announcement that Indiana appears to have but a single location deep in the State. That spot looks to be scheduled for Indianapolis. I think news of these kinds of CCS station/business partnerships is what we've all been hoping for. When it comes down to it, it seems like many store chains have only recently (in automotive-history terms) embraced adding a gas station to their locations. While those draw people in, you have to stay in your vehicle to refuel it. I think the chains, beginning with Walmart, started to understand that getting you in the store as a captive for the length of your charging session made a lot of sense, and a lot of dollars.

Frequently, I hit our local Costco and Safeway gas stations without ever setting foot in their store. I'm not sure if it's a requirement to spend $200 every time you enter Costco, but it seems to happen to me on a regular basis. All too often, stuff that I didn't even know I needed just jumps into my cart. I think Walmart got wise to that concept early on. It would never make it on a billboard, but I'll bet the intial Board of Directors' meeting in which ElectrifyAmerica's partnership was pitched had an entry titled something like: "New Business item #7: How Walmart can Help Save The World and Get Even Richer at the Same Time."

I sure hope this trend continues. If Cracker Barrel, Waffle House or similar restaurant chains that cater to travelers for 30 to 45 minute meals sign on for a station or two of DCFC for their customers, they'd get my business. There's no way I'm dropping $200 there, but a guy's gotta eat.
 

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Let's hope they are maintained better than the Tesla superchargers we have here in illinois. The meijer stations near by are hit and miss when it comes to functionality and charge rates.
 

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