EVgo, a player in the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry, is set to introduce a groundbreaking concept aimed at accelerating the deployment of fast-charging stations across the United States. This innovative approach, known as “prefabrication,” is expected to streamline the installation process and potentially reduce construction costs by up to 15 percent.
The core idea behind this prefabrication model is to assemble all charging equipment, including dispensers, power cabinets, and other necessary components, into a single base frame before shipping it to the fast-charging site. This efficient method promises to cut installation time in half, a significant advantage for both providers and EV drivers alike.
Furthermore, the prefabricated structure offers versatile features to enhance the overall charging experience. It is designed to accommodate not only fast-charging equipment but also supplementary amenities such as WiFi connectivity, lighting, security cameras, and even canopies to provide shelter from the elements. This forward-thinking approach seeks to address the diverse needs and preferences of EV drivers.
EVgo is all set to launch its first prefabrication project in the state of Texas this month, marking the beginning of a transformative shift in EV charging infrastructure development. Additional sites have been earmarked in Florida, Nebraska, and North Carolina, with plans to expand to even more locations in the coming year.
Dennis Kish, Chief Operating Officer of EVgo, emphasized the urgency of innovations like the prefabrication model as the demand for public charging stations continues to soar. Industry analysts predict a need for more than 300,000 fast chargers in the United States by 2030, a significant increase from the approximately 30,000 currently available. Kish noted, “Prefabricated stations can not only help us save time and cut costs, but also elevate the customer experience by providing popular features drivers want.”