EVgo receives NEVI-compliant high power chargers from Delta
US charging infrastructure operator EVgo announced that it received the first-ever shipment of 350kW fast chargers from Delta Electronics. Delta is producing the hardware in the US, meaning the stations are eligible for funding.
Delivered from Delta Electronics’ recently opened factory in Plano, Texas, this first shipment unlocks funding through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.
Delta has delivered ten chargers to date, and EVgo expects to receive an additional 350kW BABA-compliant chargers from Delta Electronics later this year. The company ordered up to 1,000 fast-charging columns in August 2022. With deliveries underway ahead of the initially scheduled date, the partners say they managed through close collaboration.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed into law by President Biden in 2021, also played its part. This 350kW equipment is manufactured to meet Build America Buy America (BABA) standards. EVgo says its eXtend partners have been selected for millions in preliminary awards from NEVI programs in Ohio, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
NEVI funding only recently received push with first funds rolling in. The plan is to build a national network of 500,000 EV charging stations across the USA. The Department of Transportation and Energy will provide nearly $5 billion in funding over five years to help states build said network, particularly along highways.
“As states award their initial round of NEVI funding, the arrival of EVgo’s first batch of BABA fast chargers—with incredible speed for onshoring—signals both a tremendous moment for domestic charger manufacturing and additional public funding opportunities as more states announce their awards,” said Dennis Kish, COO of EVgo.
EVgo says it was also working with its suppliers to help ensure future chargers will integrate the North American Charging Standard (NACS) launched by Tesla, which is currently making its way through standards bodies.