Delta Electronics Ships First EV Fast Chargers from Its Plano Plant to EVgo

Delta and EVgo collaborated closely to accelerate the manufacturing timeline for the domestically produced 350kW fast charger, resulting in the first delivery months ahead of the originally scheduled date. Delta's Plano plant opened last year.

The Delta Electronics plant that opened last year in Plano has delivered its first-ever shipment of 350kW fast chargers to Los Angeles-based EVgo, one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks for electric vehicles.

We told you about Delta’s new Plano plant last year.

Delta’s fast chargers are manufactured according to Build America, Buy America Act standards, the company said. EVgo and Taiwan-based Delta collaborated closely to accelerate the manufacturing timeline for the domestically produced 350kW fast charger, resulting in the first delivery months ahead of the originally scheduled date.

“We’re very pleased with our close cooperation with EVgo and are proud that we’ve achieved our commitment faster than expected,” Kelvin Huang, president of Delta Electronics Americas Region, said in a statement.

Kelvin Huang, president of Delta Electronics Americas. [Photo: LinkedIn]

“Our Plano facility’s successful deployment of the BABA-compliant 350kW EV charger serves as a testament to our proficiency in meeting customers’ requirements through local assembly,” Huang added. “Our collective efforts will not only accelerate the expansion of fast charging across the nation but also contribute significantly to the realization of a sustainable society, a core objective Delta ardently strives for.”

EVgo said this first shipment marks a milestone in developing the robust domestic supply chain needed to support the rapid growth in EV adoption across the U.S. and unlock funding through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.

Delta has delivered 10 chargers to date, and EVgo said it expects to receive additional 350kW BABA-compliant chargers from Delta Electronics later this year.

Meeting ‘the growing demand for fast charging’

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed into law by President Biden in 2021, created $7.5 billion in funding for EV charging stations.

EVgo said that Delta’s 350kW equipment is manufactured to meet BABA standards issued by the Federal Highway Administration, which is required for any charging stations that receive federal funding. To date, EVgo and its eXtend partners have been selected for millions of dollars in preliminary awards from NEVI programs in Ohio, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

“As states award their initial round of NEVI funding, the arrival of EVgo’s first batch of BABA fast chargers—with incredible speed for onshoring—signals both a tremendous moment for domestic charger manufacturing and for additional public funding opportunities as more states announce their awards,” EVgo COO Dennis Kish said in a statement. “EVgo and Delta share a commitment to developing a resilient supply chain here in America, and this collaboration showcases the companies’ capability to deliver the high-quality, high-power fast chargers we need to meet the growing demand for fast charging across the country.”

Along with working to onshore its supply chain, EVgo said it also is actively working with its suppliers to help ensure future chargers will integrate the North American Charging Standard, which is currently making its way through standards bodies.

Founded in 1971, Delta is a global leader in switching power supplies and thermal management products with a thriving portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions in the fields of industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage, and display.

Delta said it works to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities.

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