A dedicated electric vehicle fast-charging station network for GM’s Maven carsharing service is now slated to be developed by the charging solutions firm EVgo, company execs have revealed.
The electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network will be be composed of many hundreds of stations located throughout the USA — that is, in the parts of the USA where GM’s Maven currently offers its carsharing and rental service.
The move represents a further sign that GM seems intent on using the Chevy Bolt (and other electric models) for its carsharing and on-demand taxi service units.
Presumably, these stations will also be used by any future self-driving Chevy Bolt robotaxis as well. As we reported not that long back, GM is reportedly not far from beginning large-scale production of a version of the Chevy Bolt that doesn’t feature a steering wheel.
A press release emailed to CleanTechnica added the following: “Today, Maven drivers use public EVgo fast chargers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore, and Austin. EVgo’s new dedicated network for Maven will expand to hundreds of charging stations in Maven markets across the country.
“EV use is growing rapidly in rideshare fleets. Urban rideshare drivers, who can easily log more than 50,000 miles per year, benefit greatly from the low cost-per-mile of electric vehicle ownership compared to gasoline-powered vehicles.”
EVgo operates the largest public DC fast charging network in the country, with more than 1,000 fast chargers in 66 of the top-selling automotive metro areas in the US and supports all current charging standards. By maintaining and operating its own charging stations, EVgo provides exemplary service and uptime. EVgo recently launched new, simplified charging rates for consumers as well, including Pay As You Go and Membership plans, offering DC fast charging with rates as low as 15 cents per-minute.
Reuters provides a bit more information: “Last year, Maven’s executives said they expect to bolster the Gig fleet in 2018 with the addition of 2,000-3,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs as more cities outside California add charging stations.”
While GM doesn’t necessarily seem to be taking the broader electric vehicle market all that seriously, it does seem to be steadily expanding its carsharing business and steadily improving its self-driving car tech. It’ll be interesting to see how the firm does over the coming decades.
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