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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations coming to California

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eVgo Freedom Station - (Photo: Business Wire)

(Best Syndication News) - NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) announced today that they have been cleared to move forward to build over 200 electric vehicle charging stations throughout California. The charging stations will be located in the urban areas of San Francisco Bay, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin, and San Diego County.

The company said that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG. The charging stations, dubbed eVgo Freedoms, can now move forward. NRG hopes to open their first eVgo locations in early 2013.

The eVgo locations will allow electric vehicle owners to recharge a driving distance of 50 miles in around 15 minutes time. The charging locations will be at premier retail sites around the state. Part of the agreement with the Commission requires that NRG invest around $100 million over the next four years into the eVgo California charging network.

NRG estimates that the investment will create over 1,500 jobs and generate over $185 million spent on employment from the purchasing of goods and services.

NRG will also be required to encourage apartment renters and condo residents to buy electric vehicles. The goal is to support electric vehicle usage for commuting to and from work. To do this, eVgo will install “make ready” wiring at a minimum of 10,000 individual charging stations at offices, multi-family communities, schools, and hospitals. NRG will also be installing at least 20 percent of their charging stations in low-income areas.

“With gasoline having just set new record highs, FERC’s decision today couldn’t be more timely or important for California drivers,” said Terry O’Day, Director of Business Development for eVgo in California. “Now that we can start building eVgo fast-charging stations in California, EV drivers should expect range confidence from the first Freedom Station sites in early 2013 and many more to follow.”

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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