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EVgo and Whole Foods Markets partner in California to reduce carbon through EV Fast Charging!

Nearly 4, 000, 000 lbs. of CO2 emissions avoided thanks to EV charging available at Whole Foods Markets locations.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. November 3, 2015- Whole Foods Markets customers want to reduce their carbon footprint and they are taking advantage of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging at NRG EVgo chargers in the stores’ parking lots to ensure they get the emission-free miles they need while they shop.

A detailed analysis of 10 EVgo Freedom Station® sites at Whole Foods Market locations in the Bay Area shows a 191% increase in EV charging over the last year. EV drivers also show a significant preference for DC fast charging, 12 to 1 when comparing the number of charging sessions to the Level 2 charging also available at those locations. In September 2015 alone there were nearly 6, 900 DC fast charge sessions at those stations.

The Whole Foods Market Fremont location is the busiest DC fast charger in the national EVgo Network. In September of this year alone it provided 1, 452 DC fast charge sessions. On average that amounts to 45 sessions a day at that Freedom Station® location. Most EV drivers can get a nearly full charge in less than 30 minutes with DC fast charging meaning that station is in use dependably and almost continuously!

“This kind of explosive growth shows that the EVgo strategy of putting the highest quality fast chargers in the highest demand locations is setting the standard for electric vehicle charging, ” said Arun Banskota, President of EVgo.

There are now a total of 13 Bay Area Whole Foods Market EVgo Freedom Station® locations which offer both the CHAdeMO and CCS DC charging standards as well as Level 2 charging. Since they began operation they have had a dramatic impact on the environment.

  • 8, 770, 895 miles driven on electric vehicles powered at these stations
  • 360, 942 gallons of gasoline usage avoided
  • 3, 945, 274 lbs. of CO2 equivalent emissions avoided–That is nearly 2, 000 tons!

“We brought in EVgo chargers because our customers care deeply for the planet and demand the cutting edge in environmental technology, ” said Tristam Coffin, energy and environment coordinator for Whole Foods Market Northern California. “It’s gratifying to see that the stations are being used. It’s good for us, good for the planet, and great that our customers can get a fast charge and be on their way.”

In Redwood City, at the Whole Foods Market Freedom Station® the number of fast charge sessions jumped from 21 in March to 393 in September which is an increase of 1700%. “A dramatic increase like this shows not only the growth in the popularity of the network but a rapid embrace of fast charging by the EV driving community in Redwood City, ” said Terry O’Day EVgo Vice President for the West Region. “California is the national leader in EV use and EVgo is excited to be the national leader in public DC fast charging.