GM and EVgo to Open 2700 New EV Charging Stations, with a Focus on Cities

From Car and Driver

EVs make sense in a dense urban environment, where stop-and-go traffic makes the most of regenerative braking and most daily drives cover short distances. But the rub is that many city-dwellers live in apartments and typically have to park on the street. GM wants to sell its upcoming fleet of electric vehicles to these drivers and with that in mind has invested in charging network EVgo to expand the charging infrastructure in 40 cities over the next five years.

Today the two companies announced that they would be adding more than 2700 new fast-charging stations to cities over the next five years. “We’ll be adding them to places where drivers already want to be. At the grocery store, the pharmacy, new retail shopping, cafes, playgrounds, and the gym,” said Cathy Zoi, EVgo CEO in a statement.

“We are aggressively going after every aspect of the EV ecosystem, including the charging infrastructure because we need millions of EVs on the road to make a meaningful impact towards a zero-emissions world,” said GM CEO Mary Barra.

GM plans to bring 20 new EVs to the market by 2023. Having somewhere besides an owner’s garage to charge them is key to make sure that those without access to home or work charging feel confident that their purchase won’t result in range anxiety.

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