Construction Underway for Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charger Hub in Downtown Madison

MGE’s EV charging hub, featuring some of the fastest charging stations in the Midwest, is expected to begin serving drivers later this year.
 
East Washington Avenue


EV Fast Charger Hub

  • Fast charger hub to be built in Downtown Madison.
  • Eight fast charger stalls and eight Tesla Superchargers will be installed.
  • Hub will feature some of the most powerful chargers in the Midwest.
  • Expected to begin serving EV drivers later this year.
Madison, Wis., June 21, 2021—Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) continues to advance sustainable transportation with construction of a new electric vehicle (EV) fast charging hub in the heart of the city’s Capitol East District. One of the first of its kind in Wisconsin, the charging hub located at East Washington Avenue and South Livingston Street is expected to begin serving EV drivers later this year.
 
"Our new fast charging hub will provide convenient EV charging—powered by renewable energy—for nearby apartment and condo dwellers and single-family households, commuters, taxi and ridesharing services as well as EV fleet vehicles that travel a gateway to our capital city," said Debbie Branson, MGE Manager of Electrification. "Electrification is a key strategy for reducing carbon emissions and achieving net-zero carbon electricity by mid-century. Quick and easy EV charging will help to enable the growth of cleaner, more sustainable transportation options."
 
About the fast charger hub
MGE will install high-speed chargers to serve eight stalls at the site along East Washington Avenue. With power levels up to 350 kilowatts, the hub will feature some of the most powerful EV chargers in the Midwest. These chargers will support charging for EVs with even larger batteries and greater driving ranges in the future while serving EV models with smaller batteries. Through a partnership with Tesla, Tesla also will install eight Superchargers. Charger installation will continue into the fall.
 
Public charging discount available
EV drivers who sign up with MGE are eligible to receive 50% off the cost of charging at MGE’s more than 40 wind-powered public charging stations, including MGE’s five fast charging stations across the area and the chargers at the upcoming charging hub.

Electrification of transportation key to deep carbon reductions
In May 2019, MGE announced its goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050, making it one of the first utilities in the nation to commit to net-zero carbon by mid-century. To achieve deep decarbonization, MGE is growing its use of renewable energy, engaging customers around energy efficiency and working to electrify transportation, all of which are key strategies identified by climate experts.
"Transportation is a leading contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, both locally and nationally," said Branson. "Advancing electric transportation and providing EV charging infrastructure will help us reduce emissions and improve air quality in our area."
 
Learn more about EVs
There's a lot to love about EVs. Visit mge.com/LovEV to learn about available models, charging opportunities, cost, benefits and more. Explore My EV helps customers who are considering buying an EV to calculate the total cost of ownership. And, for news and features about EVs, visit mge2050.com/EVRider.

About MGE
MGE generates and distributes electricity to 157,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 166,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy, Inc. The company's roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.