EV charging network plans 40 stations in DC metro area: Dealers are invited to participate

EV charging network plans 40 stations in DC metro area

[I]Dealers are invited to participate [/I][/CENTER

The privately funded eVgo network of electric vehicle charging stations opened a station by the Van Ness Metro Station last week and plans to open 40 stations in the region by the end of 2014. Area automotive reporters were invited to a presentation at the new station.

eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, is partnering with area dealers, as it has in Houston and North Texas. Dealers who join the eVgo network get two main benefits, said field sales representative David Holsopple: (1) they can use the charging stations for customer test drives, and (2) they can give their EV customers a 30-day trial membership that allows them to use the charging stations. The eVgo representatives said they can also train dealership salespeople.

Besides the DC station, set up in partnership with the Walgreens on the site, two other stations are open in Northern Virginia, one in the Newgate Shopping Center in Centreville and the other in Dulles Town Center. The company aims to put its stations in high-visibility areas with access to major thoroughfares and to retail operations, so the driver can shop while the vehicle is charging.

The stations, called Freedom Stations, will have three types of chargers. A DC charger charges 3 to 6 miles in an hour and is useful for consumers who want a boost while they shop so their car can drive a short distance. The level 2 charger, appropriate for small cars like the Volt, can charge 12 to 24 miles in an hour. The fast charger can provide EVs such as the Nissan Leaf with up to an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes. (Smaller EVs such as the Volt and Prius cannot take a fast charge.) The stations can charge all electric cars, plug-in hybrid electrics and plug-in hybrids.

For information on the dealer program, contact David Holsopple at 202-740-2192 or david.holsopple@nrgenergy.com.

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