Berkeley Gains Freedom Stations With DC Fast Charger at Whole Foods

Berkeley Gains Freedom Stations With DC Fast Charger at Whole Foods

NRG eVgo added another Freedom Station in California - this time the first in Berkeley.

It's a standard installation with one DC fast charger (CHAdeMO plug) and an AC L2 terminal and it's located at Whole Foods:

  • 3000 Telegraph Ave Berkeley, CA, 94705
To take a charge, shoppers can use a credit card or subscribe to one of NRG eVgo’s charging plans.

According to the City of Berkeley press release, the number of electric vehicles is surging in Berkeley to ~350 registered. Interesting is that 70% of these registrations were added in last six months.

"Whole Foods, on Telegraph at Ashby Avenues, is the first business to participate in a City of Berkeley pilot program to ease the permitting and installation of EV charging stations. The Non-Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program has staff who personally guide businesses through the process. Applications will be accepted through the end of the year."

Terry O'Day, Vice President of NRG eVgo in California stated:

“The City of Berkeley’s pilot program has expedited the permitting process for electric vehicle charging station installations and enabled us to more quickly deploy the NRG eVgo network for drivers in the area.”

The permitting process seems to be one of the major hurdles that block the fast spread of charging networks, but NRG eVgo is moving foward to install 200 Freedom Stations in California.

Tristam Coffin, Energy and Maintenance Coordinator at Whole Foods Market, remarked:

“It is only natural that we offer EV charging stations at our stores, especially in forward-thinking communities like Berkeley."