|By Business Wire||
|March 11, 2014 05:01 PM EDT||
Today NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), announced that it has partnerships and agreements in place to have more than 200 fast-charging Freedom Station® charging sites built throughout California. Currently, NRG has a total of 46 electric vehicle (EV) charging sites operational, under construction or currently being permitted in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco with 15 operational across the state of California.
Mayor Matt Hall from the City of Carlsbad and Terry O'Day, Vice President of NRG eVgo California, display the brand new Freedom Station for charging electric cars at Carlsbad Premium Outlets in California (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are making great progress building a comprehensive infrastructure that will make owning an electric vehicle even more convenient and fun. As this network is built out, it will make buying an EV attractive to even more drivers across California,” said Terry O’Day, Vice President of NRG eVgo in California. “The pace of construction has significantly increased. We have been encouraged by the support of partners like Simon Property Group and Kimco Realty Corp., the nation's largest owner-operators of retail shopping centers, to deploy Freedom Station sites across the state giving us more than 200 potential fast-charging stations throughout California.”
Also advancing charging at apartment communities and workplaces, eVgo has more than 50 sites under contract representing over 400 parking spots and recently announced a partnership with Sequoia Equities, a leader in multifamily investment management, to provide EV “Level 2” charging infrastructure at 28 apartment communities across the state. Additionally, NRG has completed site assessments and construction drawings for hundreds more sites, which could ultimately result in 2,000 more EV-ready parking spaces.
Helping to ensure the benefits of electric vehicles are available to all, more than 20% of the Freedom Station sites built, under construction or in permitting, are located in qualified lower-income regions.
By the end of 2016, the eVgo Freedom Station network will support California EV drivers in the greater San Diego area, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Los Angeles Basin and the San Joaquin Valley. This expanded network means improved air quality, less dependence on foreign oil, a lower total cost of ownership of vehicles, and overall—a better, cleaner California.
“We take great pride in helping reframe the way Californians think about electric cars and their ability to enjoy cleaner transportation by providing the state with the best and most robust fast charging infrastructure in the United States,” said O’Day.
eVgo’s progress can be reviewed in their most recent report to the California Public Utility Commission via http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/
About NRG eVgo
The NRG eVgoSM network gives electric vehicle (EV) owners new freedom and range confidence via home and workplace charging docks, plus a network of fast charging stations conveniently located at retailers along major transportation corridors within eVgo cities. Service plans offered by eVgo can provide EV owners a home or workplace charger and use of eVgo’s Freedom Station® sites and other public charging stations. eVgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Through eVgo, NRG will provide access to hundreds of public charging sites across California, Texas and the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit www.nrgevgo.com. Connect with eVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgevgo.
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