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EVgo Simplifies Charging Process

Update allows drivers to plug in and go
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LOS ANGELES — EVgo, a public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched Autocharge+, which enables streamlined charging for EV drivers across the country. With Autocharge+, drivers with compatible EVs can start a charging session in seconds by plugging in, eliminating the need to swipe a credit card, tap an radio frequency identification (RFID) EVgo Program Card or open an app to initiate a session.

“EVgo believes every step of the charging experience must be convenient and easy, including locating and reserving a charger, finding nearby shopping and experiences and now with Autocharge+, seamlessly initiating a charging session,” said Ivo Steklac, chief technology officer at EVgo. “The modern digital technology we’ve built is making charging an EV even simpler than fueling up at a gas station.”

Autocharge+ arrives on the heels of EVgo’s recently announced availability of “Plug and Charge” for all General Motor EVs with fast charging capabilities on the EVgo network. The launch makes the convenience of Autocharge+, previously deployed for EVgo’s fleet customers, now available to all drivers with a compatible combined charging system (CCS) EV. Many CCS EV models are Autocharge+ compatible, including the Cadillac LYRIQ, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford F-150 Lightning, Genesis GV60, GMC Hummer EV, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia Niro Electric, Kia EV8, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Polestar 2, Subaru Solterra, Toyota bZ4x and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Autocharge+ is available exclusively to EVgo customers. To take advantage of the new feature, existing and new customers will need to enroll their EV in the EVgo app by navigating to the vehicle section, adding or selecting their EV, and request to enroll. To complete enrollment, drivers must then plug into an EVgo charger.

With more than 850 fast charging locations, EVgo’s owned and operated charging network serves more than 60 metropolitan areas across 30 states. Founded in 2010, EVgo partners with automakers; fleet and rideshare operators; retail hosts such as hotels, shopping centers, gas stations and parking lot operators; and other stakeholders to deploy advanced charging technology to expand network availability. It works with business and government leaders to accelerate the adoption of EVs.

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