Richmond to celebrate new EVgo fast-charging hubs

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The EVgo fast-charging hub located in the parking lot at Richmond Civc Center Plaza.

Earlier this year, we told you about two new fast-charging hubs for electric vehicles being installed in Richmond.

On Saturday, June 22, the new hubs will be celebrated at a family-friendly event at Richmond Civic Center Plaza from noon to 4 p.m.

One of the new EVGo hubs is located at the Civic Center Plaza Lot (across from the Main Library), while the other is located in the public parking stalls adjacent to 4100 Macdonald Avenue, on 41st adjacent to Mechanic’s Bank.

“Fast chargers enable the public to charge a battery electric vehicle (BEV) quickly, conveniently, and on-the go,” city officials said. “The new fast chargers installed at 325 Civic Center Plaza will allow you to charge up to 90 miles in just 30 minutes.”

The free celebration on June 22 will have a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) theme with live music, food trucks, performers, speakers, demonstrations, and children’s activities such as a bounce house, STEAM activity with the Richmond Art Center, a presentation by STEAM the Streets and more.

Among the speakers slated to attend are California State Sen. Nancy Skinner, Mayor of Richmond Tom Butt, Denee Evans, transportation demand manager for the City of Richmond and Richmond Promise Scholars. The event will be MCd by DJ Anghelli of Big Picture Anthems.

The installations of the hubs 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 set forth plans for seven hubs serving the residents of disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area and the Los Angeles Basin. Richmond was the first Bay Area city to sign on.

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 also has standard 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.