Virginia opens first DC fast chargers in statewide charging network


The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and EVgo, one of the USA’s largest public fast charging networks for EVs, has announced the opening of EVgo’s first public fast charging station to begin operation under the Statewide Appendix D Volkswagen settlement programme.

The EVgo fast charging station, located at Ashburn Restaurant Park, includes two EVgo 50kW DC fast chargers capable of delivering up to 90 miles (145km) in about 30 minutes.

EVgo was awarded the contract by DEQ to develop a statewide public fast-charging network in August 2018. The network prioritises DC fast chargers along heavily travelled roads and in areas that have high current and projected growing demand for EV charging.

The network is designed to complement existing charging stations and other planned charging infrastructure deployments. When EVgo’s statewide network is complete, approximately 95% of Virginians will be within 30 miles (48km) of an EV charger.

Matt Strickler, Virginia secretary of natural resources, said: “The opening of the EVgo fast charging station in Ashburn is an important milestone in the deployment of safe and more sustainable infrastructure in Virginia.

“We are committed to providing the Commonwealth with the charging infrastructure that will serve EV drivers today and help encourage even more drivers to go electric in the future.”