At a special ribbon cutting event, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined LA-based EVgo, a public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network, and Maven, General Motors’ car sharing platform, to celebrate the introduction of a new, innovative network of EV fast charging hubs that feature both public and dedicated fast chargers for Maven Gig’s shared-use vehicles.
Los Angeles is home to EVgo’s first local network of these public-rideshare EV fast charging hubs, which will include three locations across the city, further demonstrating the city’s role as a leader in transportation electrification. The event celebrated the official opening of the Venice Crossroads EV fast charging hub located at 8985 Venice Blvd in Los Angeles.
Venice Crossroads is located six miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and adjacent to the 10 Freeway and the Metro Expo Line. The first hub in the network opened last month in the heart of Hollywood at the Hollywest Promenade (5455 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles).
“Los Angeles is a testing ground for the latest innovations in zero-emissions technology — and a proving ground for how electric vehicles can be the bedrock of a cleaner transportation network,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Angelenos are ready to build a more sustainable future, and these fast-charging hubs will make plugging in and powering up an EV more practical for drivers and ride-share companies alike.”
“For nearly ten years, EVgo has been committed to electric charging for all,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo. “Our new network of public-rideshare fast charging hubs in Los Angeles is the first of its kind and will make charging quick and easy for Maven Gig members, while helping to improve access for all EV drivers across the city. We’re grateful for the leadership of Mayor Garcetti, and we’re proud to continue promoting transportation electrification in our hometown of Los Angeles and across the country.”
“For more than two years, the Maven Gig EV fleet has generated over 43 million miles, including over 15 million miles in Los Angeles,” said Alex Keros, Maven’s Smart City Chief. “Through our partnership with EVgo, we are helping to create collaborative models to advance EV charging infrastructure for both our members and the public.”
The Venice Crossroads charging hub features a total of nine 50 kW EV DC fast chargers (DCFC), including seven dedicated for Maven Gig members and two chargers available for all EV drivers. This new hub format enables Maven Gig EV members – who average over 125 miles per day – to have convenient, reliable fast charging where they need it and for all customers to have access to the center’s retail options, including Sprouts Market, Ashley HomeStore, CVS, and Starbucks.
Maven Gig and EVgo partnered in 2018 to deliver the nation’s first dedicated fast-charging network for on-demand drivers. Today, Maven Gig members use EVgo fast chargers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore, and Austin.