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Posted on: March 8, 2022

City Selects EVGo as Electric Vehicle Charging Network Provider

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The City of Portland has selected EVGo as its partner to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure on City-owned property. As an industry leader, EVGo operates more than 800 EV fast charging stations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Through their partnerships with other charging networks,  EVgo provides EV drivers access to an additional 1,900 fast chargers and 29,000 Level 2 chargers across the country. This partnership will bring the installation of up to 44 Level-2 chargers and four DC fast chargers (serving eight parking spots) to Portland. 

The DC fast chargers and twelve of the Level 2 chargers will be installed before the end of 2022 including the following locations:

  • Two DC fast chargers in the parking lot at the corner of Spring Street and High Street
  • Two DC fast chargers on Commercial Street, across from Maple Street
  • Four level 2 chargers in the Reiche School parking lot on Brackett Street
  • Four level 2 chargers in the East End School parking lot on North St.
  • Four level 2 chargers in the Deering Oaks parking lot on State Street

The chargers in the school parking lots will be available for public use during hours that school is not in session.

“Many people will be reluctant to purchase an electric vehicle unless they have a convenient way to charge it,” noted City Sustainability Director Troy Moon. “That’s especially true for people who live in apartments or condominiums. That’s why we’re excited to partner with EVGo to bring a network of DC Fast Chargers and Level 2 chargers to Portland. No matter where you live or work in Portland, there will be a charger nearby so you can confidently drive electric.”

The City’s strategy includes both Level-2 chargers and fast chargers to account for multiple approaches to charging. Level-2 chargers add approximately 25 miles of charge for every hour of use so it will take six or more hours for such equipment to fully charge most vehicles.  The 180 kw DC fast chargers proposed by EVgo can add up to 300 miles of charge to a single vehicle in 30 minutes.  For this reason, we will install clusters of Level-2 chargers in neighborhoods so EV owners can plug in and walk to their home. We will install DC fast chargers in busier parts of the city so visitors and residents alike can use them and enjoy local amenities while they charge.

The transportation sector accounts for about 30% of the carbon emissions in the city each year. Helping residents and businesses transition from using internal combustion (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EV) will play an important role in reducing these emissions to achieve the City’s climate goals. Providing adequate publicly available charging infrastructure will inspire public confidence that EV owners will be able to charge their vehicle when they need to at a location that is convenient for them.

EVGo presented their proposal on September 16, 2021. As a leading provider of EV charging as a service, they have hundreds of charging stations deployed nationwide. They focus on deployment of DC Fast Chargers but also support Level 2 charging. As one of the largest players in the market they have extensive experience installing, operating, and maintaining charging stations and a streamlined approach to identifying strategic locations for chargers, working with City officials, and utility representatives to get the equipment installed and operating in a timely manner. 

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