City leaders joined officials from EVgo, Groundwork San Diego and Northgate Gonzalez Markets to unveil the community’s first Equal Access Charging Hub
SAN DIEGO – San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez and Councilmember Vivian Moreno joined officials from EVgo, the nation’s largest and most reliable public fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) network; Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek, an organization that strives to promote environmental, economic and social well-being; and Northgate Gonzalez Markets on Saturday to reveal San Diego’s first public fast-charging EV hub.
Council President Gómez and Councilmember Moreno addressed event attendees, as did Julie Blunden, chief commercial officer at EVgo; Vicki Estrada, board member at Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek; and Carl Middleton, senior vice president at Northgate Gonzalez Markets.
“The City of San Diego is committed to improving the health and environmental equity of communities adversely affected by pollution and we are proud to partner with EVgo because we need to do better and introduce more technology like this to our communities. If we have cleaner air, we can help ensure a healthier future,” said Council President Gómez.
“At EVgo, we believe in making electric accessible to all, and we are proud to deliver reliable and convenient public EV fast charging for the San Diego community at Northgate Market,” said Julie Blunden, chief commercial officer at EVgo. “Through EVgo’s Equal Access Charging Hub initiative, we are helping to provide pollution-burdened communities with affordable, accessible solutions that will increase not only EV access, but also improve air quality.”
The “Communities Charging for Change” event celebrated the city’s role in EVgo’s Equal Access Charging Hubs (EACH) program, which promotes more sustainable communities through public education and expanded access to EV fast charging. The event educated and engaged residents on the economic, environmental, and social benefits EVs bring to their communities.
Air quality in California is among the worst in the nation, with more than 95 percent of residents living in areas that fail to meet federal or state air quality standards. EVgo has targeted communities most impacted by air pollution to install fast-charging EV hubs as part of the EACH program to enable greater access to zero emissions-transportation. The program aims to spur the adoption of EVs in pollution-burdened communities in California by providing convenient and affordable public fast charging stations, supporting EV carshare and rideshare business models, and increasing EV education through events like Communities Charging for Change.
The Communities Charging for Change event at Northgate Market was made possible through EVgo’s partnership with the City of San Diego and event organization by Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek and Northgate Gonzalez Markets. The event was held in conjunction with the community’s “Healthy People, Healthy Planet Expo,” as part of a collective commitment to personal and environmental health, and included an electric vehicle ride & drive, prize giveaways, exhibitors, a bounce house, music and other activities.
For more information on Communities Charging for Change, visit chargingforchange.org.
EVgo is the nation’s largest and most reliable fast charging public network for electric vehicles. With more than 1,200 DC fast chargers across more than 750 locations in 66 metropolitan markets in 34 states, EVgo serves more than 150,000 customers. EVgo has the best operating record in the industry – more than 98% uptime – and has the highest consumer scores on Plugshare of any U.S. public charging network. EVgo owns and operates its nationwide network of fast chargers, which are compatible with all fast charge-capable EV models and powered by 100% renewable energy. Founded in 2010, EVgo partners with retail hosts, hotels, shopping centers, gas stations parking lot operators, and other stakeholders to make it easier to fast charge your EV close to where you live, work and play.
Michael Blenner, Berlin Rosen for EVgo
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