Electric Car Fast Charging Is Evolving … Fast! Buckle Up & Listen To #Electrifying Webinar With EVgo

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The electric car market is on a continuous growth curve in the United States as elsewhere. Sales of over a dozen major plug-in car models equaled year-over-year growth of 37% in the first trimester of the year, with the fully electric models seeing 45.5% growth. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of thousands of Tesla Model 3 reservations waiting to be filled.

With so many electric cars rolling onto our streets day after day, that also means increasing need for places to charge. And, to some degree, it means much more need for fast charging. This market especially needs to get amped up as the electric cars coming onto the market have bigger batteries and can charge faster and faster.

To continue our #Electrifying webinar series, we decided to invite an executive from EVgo, which manages America’s largest network of non-Tesla EV fast charging stations, to talk with us about the state of EV charging today and interesting trends in the industry.

As it turns out, EVgo just added Jonathan Levy as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and he will join the chat. From the announcement about his arrival at EVgo, the company wrote:

“Levy brings decades of experience as a problem solver in the public and private sectors, spanning policy, strategic, and operational roles ranging from drafting legislation and assessing policy risks to crisis management work. Coming from his previous role as Director of Policy and Strategy at Vision Ridge Partners, where he remains an advisor, Jonathan already has a deep knowledge of the EV charging industry as a whole and EVgo in particular.

“In his new role as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EVgo, Levy works hand-in-hand with the rest of the executive team in exploring new partnerships and business opportunities, improving execution, and ensuring EVgo’s continued thought leadership in a dynamic sector. Levy’s federal experience includes six years of service in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House as well as prior service on Capitol Hill as policy advisor to then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel.”

Jonathan joined the crew at the same time as Sara Rafalson, the company’s new Director of Market Development. Here’s more on her role and distinguished recent history:

“Rafalson will lead public policy and market strategy efforts, working with utilities, regulators, industry partners, and state legislatures across the country to advance opportunities for DC fast charging and transportation electrification from her office in Oakland, CA.

“Prior to joining the EVgo team, Ms. Rafalson led public policy and market strategy efforts for Sol Systems, a national solar energy development firm based in Washington, D.C. While at Sol Systems, she served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) and focused mostly on advancing opportunities for renewable energy deployment in the East Coast and in the Midwest. Additionally, Ms. Rafalson previously led national initiatives to increase recruitment and retention of women in cleantech industries through the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and as former President of Women in Solar Energy. She currently sits as a co-chair for the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable energy (WRISE) national leadership forum.”

This news from EVgo follows recent news that it got selected to provide a dedicated EV fast charging network for the Maven service and that it lowered EV fast charging prices.

This also follows news earlier in the year that EVgo had provided enough electricity to EVs to enable 40 million miles of electric driving, that it opened its 1,000th EV fast charging station at the end of 2017, that Cathy Zoi transitioned from interim to permanent CEO, and that Julie Blunden and Jeff Ricketts also joined the executive team.

If you haven’t already watched it, in the #Electrifying webinar above, a short summary of some of the topics we covered include:

¤ The need for much more fast charging and superfast charging versus Level 2 charging as long-range electric cars proliferate.

¤ Variation in EV charging need and station location based on user.

¤ The percentage of Californians near an EV fast charger today. (Sorry, Iowans — we didn’t get that data.)

¤ Approaches to EV fast charging pricing.

¤ How serious automakers are about 350 kW charging. Is it really likely beyond cars like the Porsche Mission E? Or is 100–150 kW much more likely as the norm?

¤ Demand charges and how necessary/useful battery-backed charging stations will be.

¤ Charging station reliability in terms of uptime, available ports (how many are needed to make stations legitimately convenient/useful for the mass market), and speed (50 kW or higher versus 25 kW or lower).

¤ Extra services at and around charging stations.

And one more time, here’s the video:

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