FERC Approval Opens Path Toward Huge CA Electric Vehicle Charging Network

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved an agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG Energy, whereby NRG's eVgo subsidiary will begin the deployment of at least 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the state.

These DC fast-chargers will be located at retail locations in the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego County, NRG says. The company is investing approximately $100 million over the next four years in the California charging network.

‘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,’ says Terry O'Day, director of business development for eVgo in California. A Freedom Station is eVgo's Level 3 DC fast charger.

As part of the agreement, NRG has also committed to facilitating the creation of expansive EV charging infrastructure for California apartment buildings, hospitals, schools and other public sites through the installation of wiring for at least 10,000 individual Level 2 charging stations.

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