City Amped Up Over New Electric-Car Chargers

One of the two fast-chargers for electric vehicles that was unveiled by the city this week on Mound Avenue.
Photo by Henk Friezer

It was an electric moment for South Pasadena. Literally.

The city on Monday joined with EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles, to announce the opening of two public fast-chargers in town.

The chargers are located at 820 Mound Ave., and are the first public fast-chargers in South Pasadena.

“The City of South Pasadena is excited to partner with EVgo to celebrate the opening of our city’s first public fast-chargers for electric vehicles,” said Mayor Marina Khubesrian.

“Together with EVgo, we’re helping to protect and enhance our environment.”

Julie Blunden, chief commercial officer of EVgo, said her company’s mission “is to deliver a convenient and reliable fast-charging experience for all EV drivers.”

“We’re delighted that the new EVgo fast-charging station will power the needs of EV drivers living and shopping in the South Pasadena community,” she said.

The Mound Avenue parking lot location includes two 50 kilowatt DC fast chargers, equipped with both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors.

According to the city, the stations can charge all fast-charge capable electric vehicles up to 90 miles in about 30 minutes, depending on a vehicle’s battery size and charge rate. The South Pas chargers are part of a statewide construction plan that has added more than 500 EVgo fast chargers across California.

More than 80 percent of Californians now live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, the company said.

EVgo also announced recently that it has contracted for 100 percent renewable energy to power its customers, becoming the first EV charging network in the United States to do so.

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