NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), is further expanding access to the Company’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network by partnering with BMW on its new ChargeNow DC Fast program. Now, BMW i3 drivers in California can enjoy unlimited, no cost 30 minute DC fast charging, at eVgo Freedom Station® sites equipped with DC Combo Fast Charging, through 2015.
“At NRG eVgo, we are passionate in our commitment to drive the future of electric vehicle charging,” said Arun Banskota, President of NRG eVgo. “By identifying strategic partnerships and working with those partners to develop innovative solutions to EV charging needs, we can create an interconnected, reliable network of conveniently placed DC fast charging locations that gives EV drivers the confidence to drive farther than ever before.”
Based on data from the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, eVgo is the fastest growing provider of fast charging sites. By adding SAE Combo DC fast chargers at California Freedom Station locations as well as Level 2 charging, eVgo, furthers its commitment to support all EV drivers wherever and however they choose to charge.
“Our strategy is to provide a complete solution for electric vehicle drivers,” continued Mr. Banskota. “By offering public, home, workplace, apartment community and on-the-go charging stations in each of our markets, NRG eVgo offers EV drivers total range confidence with cost certainty.”
eVgo is committed to interoperability and its network is capable of reading multiple access cards including single all-access cards, an initiative that gives electric vehicle drivers seamless access to multiple major EV charging networks.
“We are confident the rapidly-expanding eVgo DC Fast Charging network will provide significant benefits to BMW i3 drivers in California,” said Robert Healey, EV Infrastructure Manager, BMW of North America. “The ChargeNow DC Fast program brings us closer to the reality of one card, one account public charging network interoperability.”
With comprehensive EV charging networks in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the greater Washington, D.C. area, Dallas and Houston, eVgo public chargers have powered more than 2.1 million electric miles so far. Through the eVgo network, NRG provides access to hundreds of public charging sites across the United States and continues to expand nationally, increasing its footprint in at least 20 new markets.
About NRG eVgo
The NRG eVgo SM 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 charger and unlimited use of eVgo’s Freedom Station® sites – all for one low monthly fee. eVgo is a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy.