NRG eVgo Announces Fast Charger Expansion Plans For U.S.

JAN 30 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

NRG eVgo Openning Four New Freedom Station

NRG eVgo Freedom Station

NRG eVgo recently announced plans to expand its network of fast charging stations, which according to the press release is the largest in the nation.

Over the next two years, NRG eVgo will install stations in another 15 national markets (on top of the current 10).

In 2014, the number of customers across the network increased 20-fold, although NRG eVgo didin’t reveal any actual numbers. Station use in the last three months of 2014 grew by 135% over the previous three months.

“eVgo makes it easier than ever for EV drivers to access a network of reliable, user-friendly charging solutions located at homes, work and convenient retail locations. The eVgo network can charge all of the more than 300,000 EVs on the road from 13 auto manufacturers. The network includes powerful fast chargers that approach the speed of traditional gas pumps providing approximately 40 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging. Drivers can easily locate charging station locations with an interactive map on the eVgo website and most active eVgo stations feature 24/7 customer service.”

Arun Banskota, president of NRG eVgo stated:

“NRG’s strategic expansion of our eVgo network integrates a family of in-home and away-from-home chargers to meet the needs of consumers who drive a variety of electric vehicles. The continued growth of the eVgo network provides range confidence to electric vehicle drivers and the growing number of consumers who are ready to embrace the EV movement and take a fresh look at their personal transportation. We are meeting the daily fueling demands of EV drivers in some of the country’s largest markets, and we look forward to providing these services nationally, in partnership with auto manufacturers and dealers, retail partners and work places.”

The plan is to more than double the number of markets it serves in 2015 and 2016. Tennessee soon will get its first five stations and NRG eVgo finally will start covering some major corridors including San Diego to Seattle, and Miami to Boston.

“As it enters 2015, NRG eVgo is aggressively working to meet the needs and growth patterns of each region it serves with superior customer service. In particular:

  • California – One of the country’s earliest adopters of electric vehicles, the Golden State has more than 120 Fast Chargers, the highest number of Fast Chargers amongst all providers in California.
  • Chicago – In the heart of the Midwest, eVgo is hard at work restoring existing Fast Charger stations, positioning itself for network expansion and making it truly comprehensive. There are 26 chargers in the Chicago area, and the company is adding more.
  • Texas –The Lone Star State has nearly 50 eVgo charging stations online in the North Texas and greater Houston areas, continuing to meet customer demand in the two largest EV markets in Texas.
  • Atlanta – Atlanta is one of the fastest growing metropolitan markets for EV sales, and eVgo is helping and simplifying consumers and businesses use of electric vehicles. Atlanta already has 12 Fast charging stations, and we have plans to add many more.
  • Mid-Atlantic Region – eVgo chargers can be found in major metropolitan areas covering portions of Washington D.C. Virginia, and Maryland. This area currently has 24 active eVgo stations with another one expected to be online by the end of the month.”

Most of sites have DC fast charger (CHAdeMO) and AC L2, while some have DC Combo.

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It will get interesting if competition actually develops, to serve certain markets. NRG, in this case, looks to have avoided the Northeast, which we now know is to be partially served by VW/BMW/ChargePoint.

I really hope “Seattle to San Diego” isn’t the new norm. There’s quite a few of us north of Seattle that are getting the shaft. Especially since Aerovironment seems content to have taken all that stimulus money for their handful of chargers and have no plans to ever expand. That gap south of Mt Vernon is huge. Oh well, one more reason why I’m really looking forward to the Model 3.

@Marshal, Burlington AV to Everett Magic Nissan’s QC is ~35 miles. If that’s a bit too far off the highway for you, then 15 miles later is Edmonds’ Campbell-Nelson Nissan which is the same driving time from I-5 as the Burlington QC (although obviously not the same physical distance 🙂 ). Then there are QC’s in Seattle proper, 10 miles or so further south.

Compare that, with Chico, CA to Ashland, OR: 206 miles with no quick-charging whatsoever, on any major highway connecting the two largest concentrations of BEVs in the country (California and Oregon-Washington).

Yep, the NorCal “EV wasteland” needs some QCDC ASAP, particularly for the northbound direction. I suspect a full charge from Ashland, OR and going south would get one further than north, due to the terrain elevation trends.

I’ve done the drive down to San Diego from Portland. From Ashland to Redding there are not even J1772 chargers. Also, either heading south or going north (even hyper miling) I ended running out of juice at Weed, CA on both occasions.

In the washington Dc, MD , va area all the chargers are Chademo and L2. Seems like it will be some time before NRG adds CCS combo to the east coast. I didnt sweat the fact that my new I3 had no DCFC port (its has a REX) though I did use the chademo a bit on my Leaf

I am hoping they give Richmond, VA and areas south a little love. I-95 is pretty hard road to be on with an EV through southern VA and NC. Really need to have a NEMA 14-50 adapter. I am sure the Yogi Bears Camp Jellystone in Emporia, VA is a great place to charge your EV. And it is your only option in southern VA.

I have good news the City of Norfolk VA got it’s first double charer that can charge Chamo and CSS. Also over the last two weeks three new Chamo chargers and one CSS charger opened up between Richmond VA and Washington DC. What used to be a EV Wasteland is now the strongest part of the EV network in terms of driving from Richmond to New York City.

So who will actually use these once the Nissan No Charge to Program (and BMW i3 Charge Now complimentary charging) programs end? I’m legitimately curious how many owners will spend $15 for a membership to pay $0.10/minute of use, or how many owners will spend $4.95/session + $0.20/minute of use except for the rare occasional emergency. I know I won’t. A local Chargepoint DC Fast Charger costs $0.35/kWh, which is much more straightforward with DC charging.

Here in the Northwest, Aerovironment which is the dominant highway QC network, charges $20/month membership. Most Leaf drivers who venture out of town on a regular basis, pay that subscription. I just bumped into a woman who commutes into Bellingham some 70 miles round trip every workday, and uses the Bellingham AV every day.

That said, I really like our NCTC card, and hope EV makers continue offering some sort of candy like that, seems to be a win-win-win.

“and NRG eVgo finally will start covering some major corridors including San Diego to Seattle, and Miami to Boston.”

This is needed badly. If this becomes covered with both Chademo & CCS, that will be a big step forward.

Then we just need more long-range EVs besides the too-expensive Model S.

More talk. I hope it turns to reality this time and they place these in decent accessible locations. They said a year ago they would have fast chargers in the San Joaquin Valley. So far there is just one, in Atwater. Nothing at all on the interstate 5 or 99 corridor from northern LA county to Sacramento, and nothing from north of Sacramento to the Oregon border. Not much on the 101 either.

Looking forward to trying these out as soon as they get them installed. Really surprised the other day at NRG at Vacaville Premium outlets along I-80… when I got there no one else was charging. 30 min later I returned… and had to move car in a hurry… both CHAdeMOs were engaged… someone removed mine… thankfully remembering to close CHAdeMO cover and I moved my car and as I did another LEAF was waiting for my spot. 4 LEAFs all gathered around the busy chargers. Last time I used it there was only one CHAdeMO… now there are 2 and one also has CCS Combo. The charging scene here around the SF Bay to Sacto corridor is really improving. Now if Vacaville would just fix the Bella Vista free CHAdeMO.

I hope they start setting up charging stations with four to ten charging ports. In that they are going to need something like that along Intersate 95.

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At least NRG is installing these in intelligent locations where they are convenient for travelers. An auto dealership is generally not the ideal site for QC.

Car dealers wouldn’t be a bad site once critical mass starts to be reached… in other words… not ideal but a good site in that they all should have one.

If they all had them… it would help somewhat in certain places. I like that many of the Nissan ones are becoming NRG which means that they may be more accessible to other brands. Often a hassle to get service dept or sales to turn on DC FC… made a 30 min stop a 40 min or 50…
Generally though more is better where chargers are concerned.

That is great news. I agree that NRG is expensive for occasional use, but they seem more reliable than Blink.

I think their workplace program has many flaws.

They have operated 5 CHAdeMO units in TN since last summer around Nashville, though not listed on their website. You can find them on PlugShare. Five freedom stations strategically placed would be great.

That press release is inaccurate. It says their network of 120 fast chargers is the biggest network in California. Tesla’s network has 185 stalls in California, much bigger than theirs.