Richmond celebrates new EVgo fast-charging hub

Richmond celebrates new EVgo fast-charging hub at Civic Center
Sen. Nancy Skinner (left) and Julie Blunden, executive VP of business development at EVgo, pose at the new EVgo fast-charging hub at Richmond Civic Center Plaza on June 22, 2019. (photo courtesy of EVgo)

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, state Sen. Nancy Skinner and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia joined representatives from EVgo and Uber to welcome the city’s first public fast-charging vehicle hub at Richmond Civic Center on Saturday.

The new EVgo fast-charging hub delivers up to 90 miles of range following a 30-minute charge and is compatible with all electric vehicles on the market that accept DC fast charging.

The new hub is located at the Civic Center Plaza Lot (across from the Main Library). A separate EVgo hub is located in the public parking stalls adjacent to 4100 Macdonald Avenue, near Mechanics Bank and the RYSE Youth Center.

Richmond was one of several California locations to benefit from EVgo’s Equal Access Charging Hubs project targeting disadvantaged communities.

Community leaders pose at the new EVgo fast-charging hub at Richmond Civic Center on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Saturday’s celebration didn’t just feature speeches by dignitaries and EVgo demonstrations, but activities for the whole family. Event organization STEAM the Street and the Richmond Art Center provided technology and art activities for youth. The event also included music by DJ Leo, performances by  Griot B of SchoolYard Rap, food trucks, a bounce house and more.

“Like California as a whole, Richmond has made great strides in meeting our sustainability objectives, and the next challenge is funding EV infrastructure,” Mayor Tom Butt said. “That’s why we’re so grateful and excited to partner with EVgo to provide Richmond residents with access to public fast-charging EV hubs. Pioneering programs like Equal Access Charging Hubs make sustainability more accessible to all members of the community, and fun, educational events like Communities Charging for Change help spread awareness about the benefits and affordability of EVs.”