What may become the first public 350 kW electric vehicle charging station in the U.S. appears to be nearing completion. Located in the desert town of Baker, California on I-15, it is ideally located for drivers traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
The station, located adjacent to the World’s Tallest Thermometer, is being constructed under the same legal settlement between the State of California and EVgo’s former parent company NRG Energy that accounts for most of the EVgo charging stations in the Golden State. The settlement is related to the utility grid and electricity market disruptions that occurred in California in 2001.
The high power pedestals being initially installed in Baker appear to be the same prototype model installed previously for non-public testing in 2017 near a supermarket in Fremont, California.
The original conceptual illustration depicts a total of 4 high power pedestals which appear similar to the Terra HP pedestals now being marketed by Swiss electrical equipment maker ABB. An EVgo press release in 2016 said the site could eventually expand to 8 pedestals.
The Baker location had been scheduled for completion in June, 2017, but EVgo ran into unexpected issues with the landfill underneath the previously paved parking lot which caused a delay in the schedule.
The solar photovoltaic canopy above the station was originally intended to help power the chargers and replenish a stationary battery pack used to help reduce demand on the utility grid connection. It is unknown if the battery system has been installed yet.
Tesla has one of its new 40 pedestal Supercharger locations just half a mile down the street from EVgo’s location.