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NRG eVgo to Bring Electric Vehicle Fast Charging to Chicago


NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging offerings to the Chicago market. In partnership with Chicago-based JNS Holdings Corp., eVgo will operate a comprehensive and reliable network of direct current (DC) fast chargers to provide range confidence for Chicagoland EV drivers.

JNS partnered with eVgo, a recognized leader in DC fast charging services, to restore the existing DC fast chargers in Chicago. eVgo will manage the operation of the existing DC fast chargers including networking, back office support and customer service.

“A robust charging station network is critical to broad deployment of electric vehicles. The City of Chicago is pleased that NRG has chosen to expand its eVgo charging network here,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

According to Brian Howe, Chief Executive Officer of JNS Holdings, “Through the joint efforts of JNS and eVgo, we have already brought most of the DC fast chargers back online with JNS local expertise and eVgo DC fast charging experience, we are on track to restore these chargers into a great experience for EV drivers.”

In the coming months, eVgo will also add additional DC fast charging sites to the Chicagoland area to further improve the charging coverage and make it a truly comprehensive network.

“DC fast chargers are the fastest EV chargers on the market today and can charge an EV in less than 30 minutes,” said Arun Banskota, President of NRG eVgo. “With the comprehensive DC fast charger network in Chicago today and the new stations we will bring online, eVgo can give EV drivers the confidence to drive wherever in Chicago they need to go and make buying an EV a very real option for all Chicagoans.”

This fast charging network supports eVgo’s partnership with Nissan to expand the “No Charge to Charge” program to the Chicago market. Already in 12 markets, “No Charge to Charge” is a first-of-its-kind partnership that provides Nissan LEAF buyers with complimentary 24-month access to the eVgo network, as well as other EV charging networks, using a single EZ-Charge access card*.

“At NRG eVgo, we are committed to the future of driving electric,” continued Mr. Banskota. “Together with partners like Nissan, we can deliver innovative solutions like ‘No Charge to Charge’ that empower more Chicagoland drivers to go electric.”

With over 160 fast charge stations currently installed, eVgo is building a comprehensive network of fast-charging sites in the U.S. as well as the infrastructure to support charging at residences and workplaces. By expanding to the Chicago market, eVgo furthers its commitment to support all EV drivers wherever and however they choose to charge.

Source: NRG eVgo