2 fast-charge hubs for electric vehicles coming soon to Richmond

2 fast-charging hubs for electric vehicles coming soon to Richmond

New fast-charging hubs for electric vehicles are coming this spring to two Richmond locations: In parking lots at Civic Center Plaza and near the RYSE Center, according to City Manager Carlos Martinez’s latest newsletter.

It is part of an Equal Access Charging Hubs project by EVgo, the largest public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network in California and across the U.S. The company plans to build seven of the hubs to serve the residents of disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area and the Los Angeles Basin, and Richmond was the first Bay Area city to sign on, according to Martinez’s newsletter.

Specifically, the hubs will locate at Civic Center Plaza Lot (across from the Main Library), and in the public parking stalls adjacent to 4100 Macdonald Avenue, on 41st adjacent to Mechanic’s Bank. Each location will have four 50kw dual-standard direct current fast charging stations, enabling quick, on-the-go charging. They stations allow you to charge up to 75 miles in 30 minutes.

The hubs will enable EV carshare and rideshare to occur in the city, such as Maven Gig, which currently operates in the area and provides leases and rentals to rideshare and delivery drivers.

Richmond currently has electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot of the Richmond Art Center, at the Richmond Swim Center at Kennedy High, at the Main Public Library in Civic Center, the lot of the West County Family Justice Center, at Hilltop Mall and also Hanlees Hilltop Nissan.

EVgo’s stations “will not only increase access to public fast charging for EV owners in these neighborhoods, but also complements the Transportation Division’s regional planning strategies while expanding citywide EV car sharing and ride sharing services for workplace, commercial and residential locations,” according to the city manager.