EVgo announces expansion of Autocharge+ feature

The US-American fast-charging network EVgo has announced that more than 50 EV models are now eligible for its Autocharge+ feature.

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Since EVgo launched its Autocharge+ programme in September 2022, the offer has steadily grown across the EVgo network. In 2023 alone, the percentage of charging sessions initiated using Autocharge+ nearly doubled, reaching approximately 17% of all charging sessions initiated in the fourth quarter. Most EVs with CCS connectors support this feature as well as Tesla models that are compatible with the CCS Combo 1 Adapter. In addition, EVgo plans to support Autocharge+ through its integrated NACS connectors once they are implemented across the network.

The Autocharge+ programme works without a payment interface, meaning that users do not have to bring their credit or charging card along with them, as identification is done via the charging plug, “no extra steps needed.” The only caveat is that the electric vehicle must have a CCS connector (or NACS connector, in future) and support two-way vehicle data-sharing functionality. On their website, EVgo lists the currently eligible models, which range across most major manufacturers, including Cadillac, General Motors, Mercedes, Nissan, Polestar, Hyundai, Kia and Tesla. Users must then enroll in the programme, which is done via scanning one’s VIN in the app, which will then be approved by the company. Then one must visit an EVgo station, activate the app, and then plug in upon request, after which the process is complete.

“The key to achieving widespread EV adoption in the U.S. is giving EV drivers a convenient, streamlined charging experience, and Autocharge+ does just that,” said Stacey Stewart, SVP of Charging at EVgo. “Through our collaboration with automakers and ongoing interoperability testing with new and existing EV models, EVgo continues to enhance the customer experience across the network for everyone – no matter which EV model they choose to drive.”

EVgo went public in the summer of 2021, and has been on the expansion route ever since. By the summer of 2022, the charging collaboration with GM was expanded, and a partnership with grocery chain Kroger followed just days later. More recently, EVgo announced a new product with prefabricated charging sites, and infrastructure expansion in several US states.

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