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Nissan Offers Free Charging for New LEAF Buyers in Los Angeles


Nissan Offers Free Charging for New LEAF Buyers in Los Angeles

July 23, 2014 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–There are many attractive reasons for Angelenos to own the all-electric Nissan LEAF: single-occupant access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes; an available California state tax rebate of $2,500; much lower operating costs than a gas-powered car and now, free public charging.

Nissan announced today that it is adding Los Angeles to its “No Charge to Charge” promotion, a program that will offer two years of no-cost public charging at hundreds of stations with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF in the Los Angeles area. This includes no-cost access to fast chargers that can charge a LEAF battery pack from zero to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.

“Los Angeles has long been one of the world’s top markets for electric car sales,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “Adding free access to public fast charging in the LA market gives us a competitive edge over other vehicles, regardless of their fuel source.”

“No Charge to Charge” takes advantage of the new EZ-ChargeSM card, a first-of-its-kind card that offers Nissan LEAF owners access to five leading EV charging networks with a single card. New owners will receive an EZ-Charge card that will provide access to chargers with ChargePoint, Blink, CarCharging, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo. (Note: not all chargers available with the EZ-Charge card are part of “No Charge to Charge.”)

Click to read more about Nissan LEAF and No Charge to Charge in Los Angeles

Nissan launches “No Charge to Charge” program; plans hundreds more U.S. EV quick chargers for LEAF drivers


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The economics are simple: Buy an all-electric Nissan LEAF, and you save money by avoiding the gas pump. With Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” promotion, new LEAF buyers in certain markets get an even better deal with two years of free public charging.

New Nissan LEAF drivers are now enjoying free charging at eligible public stations, thanks to the new “No Charge to Charge” program, which is now live in 10 markets across the United States. With free access to charging at more than 2,600 public stations available in the initial program markets, including more than 200 quick chargers, LEAF drivers are also experiencing the “range confidence” that public charging can provide.

The value of “No Charge to Charge” will continue to grow, with Nissan’s plans to support the installation of an additional 500 quick chargers at Nissan dealerships and at business and municipal partners in key LEAF markets across the U.S. These quick charging stations can charge a Nissan LEAF battery to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes.

“Free charging is a great way for Nissan and our charging partners to make LEAF an unbeatable value for the average American driver,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “The popularity of ‘No Charge to Charge’ since our April announcement shows that public charging spurs range confidence and additional LEAF sales.”

“No Charge to Charge” takes advantage of the new EZ-ChargeSM card, a first-of-its-kind card that offers Nissan LEAF owners access to five leading EV charging networks with a single card. New owners will receive an EZ-Charge card that will provide access to chargers with ChargePoint, Blink, CarCharging, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo.

“No Charge to Charge” has now launched in 10 of the top markets for Nissan LEAF sales, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon., Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C. In the next year, Nissan plans to offer the “No Charge to Charge” program and EZ-Charge card at LEAF dealers in at least 15 additional U.S. markets.

Participants can locate eligible chargers in the “No Charge to Charge” program online at EZ-Charge.com or PlugShare.com, or by downloading the PlugShare app for iOS or Android. (Note: Not all chargers accessible with the EZ-Charge card are included in the “No Charge to Charge” program.)

About Nissan LEAF
With more than 120,000 global sales since launch, Nissan LEAF is the world’s top-selling electric vehicle. LEAF seats up to five passengers and boasts an estimated driving range on a fully-charged battery of 84 miles and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. With a starting price of less than $30,000, LEAF is competitively priced with similar gas-powered cars after applicable tax credits, while providing the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance.

LEAF is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery and an 80kW motor that provides a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience.

The all-electric Nissan LEAF is offered in three trim levels, and shoppers can choose from a variety of available premium features such as leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-speaker BOSE® energy efficient audio system and a 6.6 kW onboard charger that significantly reduces 220V charging times.

About the EZ-Charge partners:

Blink
Blink Network is a CarCharging Company and one of the leading EV charging networks. We offer Level 2 and DCFC charging solutions for single-family homes, multifamily, and commercial properties. Our publicly accessible Level 2 and DC Fast Chargers are strategically located where drivers need them the most—multifamily residential, workplaces, retail outlets, restaurants, and parking facilities. To locate stations or learn more about the Blink Network, please visit http://www.BlinkNetwork.com.

CarCharging
Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) is a pioneer in nationwide public electric vehicle (EV) charging services, enabling EV drivers to easily recharge at locations throughout the United States. Headquartered in Miami Beach, FL with offices in San Jose, CA; New York, NY; and Phoenix, AZ; CarCharging’s business model is designed to accelerate the adoption of public EV charging. CarCharging owns and operates the Blink Network, the software that operates, monitors, and tracks the Blink charging stations and all of its data, and owns and operates EV charging equipment manufactured by various additional providers. CarCharging has strategic partnerships across multiple business sectors including multifamily residential and commercial properties, parking garages, shopping malls, retail parking, and municipalities, enabling EV drivers to easily recharge at locations throughout the United States. For more information about CarCharging or the Blink Network, please visit www.CarCharging.comwww.BlinkNetwork.com,www.facebook.com/Car.Charging or www.twitter.com/CarCharging.

ChargePoint
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 18,000 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join. ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. Every 9 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 4.3 million gallons of gasoline and driven over 100 million gas free miles. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com

NRG eVgo
The NRG eVgo SM network gives electric vehicle (EV) owners new freedom and range confidence via home and workplace charging docks, plus a network of fast charging stations conveniently located at retailers along major transportation corridors within eVgo cities. Service plans offered by eVgo can provide EV owners a home or workplace charger and use of eVgo’s Freedom Station® sites and other public charging stations.  eVgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Through eVgo, NRG will provide access to hundreds of public charging sites across the United States.  To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit www.nrgevgo.com. Connect with eVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@nrgevgo.

AeroVironment, Inc.
AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider with decades of experience delivering complete EV charging solutions, such as the recently launched dual-voltage TurboCord portable charger, home charging, public charging, fast charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications, and complete installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers, utilities, government agencies and businesses. The company has deployed nearly 18,000 Level II charging stations in North America and hundreds of DC fast-charging stations, including along the pioneering West Coast Electric Highway, where the company supplies, installs and maintains the highway’s EV charging network. AeroVironment is a leading supplier of high-power test systems used worldwide by automakers and advanced battery manufacturers to develop the next generation of electric vehicles and batteries. To learn more please visitwww.evsolutions.com.

PlugShare
PlugShare is the world’s most popular electric vehicle charging station locator app, made by Recargo Inc. Recargo is a leading electric vehicle service provider that offers consumer and industry intelligence to support the adoption and growth of plug-in mobility. PlugInsights is the company’s driver research division, powered by the largest panel of EV drivers ever assembled. For more information visitwww.recargo.com.

About Nissan North America 
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

 

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Contact

Brian Brockman
Nissan Corporate Communications
615-725-1447
Brian.Brockman@Nissan-USA.com

 

Nissan quietly, quickly installing more CHAdeMO stations


AutoblogGreen

Danny King

7/2/14

Nissan Leaf electric-vehicle sales continue to grow. And the number of US fast-charging stations that the Leaf can use are growing, well, faster. As it should be.

Nissan has made good on its early-2013 vow to help ensure that the number of CHAdeMO stations in the US tripled by mid-2014, with Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas emerging as the most prevalent US markets, Green Car Reports says. In fact, the number of such stations, which can charge a Leaf to 80-percent battery capacity in about a half hour, has jumped to 633 from about 160 as of January 2013. About 180 are at Nissan dealerships, and that number should continue to surge since Nissan plans to aggressively add fast-charging stations through next March. Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman, in an e-mail to AutoblogGreen, confirmed those numbers and added that companies such as NRG, through its eVgo program, are also adding fast chargers throughout the country.

Click here to read more about fast-charging stations and NRG eVgo.

NRG eVgo Introduces New Convenience to Electric Vehicle Charging


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PRESS RELEASE

 

NRG eVgo Introduces New Convenience to Electric Vehicle Charging
First-of-Its-Kind EZ-Charge All-Access Card gives EV drivers convenience to use chargers from multiple charging providers

PRINCETON, NJ (May 19, 2014) –This summer, NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), will roll out the EZ-Charge (SM) platform, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will offer electric vehicle (EV) drivers the ability to access multiple EV charging networks with a single all-access card.

The EZ-Charge platform will enable drivers of any electric car make or model to carry a single access card for charging on multiple networks, much like consumers today carry a single credit card to access multiple retailers.

“For too long, EV drivers have been limited to only the chargers that were in their network meaning they might drive past a number of charging stations in other company’s networks before they could get to one they could use with their current provider,” said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy. “The EZ-Charge platform takes a critical step to modernize EV charging, making it more convenient and more accessible than ever for EV drivers.”

The EZ-Charge card will support all eVgo public charging plans and enable EV drivers to enroll in participating partner network plans either through their charging company or directly with eVgo. eVgo expects to begin distributing EZ-Charge cards this summer to EV drivers with participating plans in San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Nashville, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

While the EZ-Charge platform will be available to drivers and manufacturers of all EVs, the initial roll out will be part of Nissan’s expansion of its ‘No Charge to Charge’ program, the first industry promotion to utilize the EZ-Charge all-access card. Through ‘No Charge to Charge,’ Nissan provides two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF. ‘No Charge to Charge’ launches in the first 10 EZ-Charge markets on July 1, 2014, with Nissan adding 15 additional markets to the promotion by mid-2015.

“By making charging more accessible and convenient, we hope to expand electric vehicle ownership and make it easy for EV drivers to confidently enjoy the benefits of driving electric,” said Arun Banskota, President of NRG eVgo. “Packaging the EZ-Charge card with ‘No Charge to Charge’ is an example of how we’re working with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions for the industry and consumers.”

The EZ-Charge platform is available for all automakers to package with their electric car models on a promotional or optional basis. In addition, eVgo offers a full range of marketing, distribution, fulfillment, activation, operations, and customer support services to enable this packaging for any automaker with the ultimate goal of providing EV drivers with the greatest range confidence and best experience.

“Partnering with auto makers, real estate charging station hosts, and other charging network providers to build a national charging framework utilizing a single EZ-Charge all-access card reinforces our commitment to deliver an easy and seamless charging experience for EV drivers,” said Banskota. “The EZ-Charge card creates a strong basis for industry partnerships that enable range confidence for all drivers of all makes and all models of electric cars.”

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About NRG eVgo
The NRG eVgo (SM) network gives electric vehicle (EV) owners new freedom and range confidence via home and workplace charging docks, plus a network of fast charging stations conveniently located at retailers along major transportation corridors within eVgo cities. Service plans offered by eVgo can provide EV owners a home or workplace charger and use of eVgo’s Freedom Station® sites and other public charging stations. eVgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Through eVgo, NRG will provide access to hundreds of public charging sites across the United States. To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit www.nrgeVgo.com. Connect with eVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgeVgo.

Safe Harbor Disclosure
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions and include NRG’s expectations regarding the electric vehicle infrastructure and EZ-Charge card. Forward-looking statements typically can be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “believe,” and similar terms. Although NRG believes that its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, general economic conditions, hazards customary in the power industry, competition in wholesale power markets, the volatility of energy and fuel prices, failure of customers to perform under contracts, changes in the wholesale power markets, changes in government regulation of markets and of environmental emissions, and our ability to achieve the expected benefits and timing of our electric vehicle projects. NRG undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The foregoing review of factors that could cause NRG’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements included in this news release should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect NRG’s future results included in NRG’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

CONTACT:

Carly Kade
Communications
NRG eVgo
281-407-1274
carly.kade@nrgenergy.com

David Knox
Communications
NRG Energy
832-357-5730
david.knox@nrgenergy.com

Nissan to Offer Leaf Buyers Free Charging


Fox Business News

Matthew Rocco

4/18/2014

Nissan is offering two years of free charging for drivers who purchase or lease the Japanese automaker’s Leaf, making a play to boost incentives for the electric vehicle.

The “No Charge to Charge” program will be available in 25 U.S. markets that currently account for 80% of Leaf sales. Nissan will give buyers an EZ-Charge card, which is managed by NRG Energy’s (NRG) eVgo charging network. The card also unlocks access to charging stations from ChargePoint and others.

Nissan said the offer will launch on July 1 in Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and five other cities. The remaining 15 markets will be added next year.

Click to read more about the EZ-Charge All-Access Electric Vehicle Charging Card

Nissan LEAF Now Gets Free Public Charging On All The Major Networks (Update)


Inside EVs

Jay Cole

4/17/2014

Building on the strength of a successful “No Charge to Charge” program that ran regionally in Texas through the end of March, that Nissan credits with aiding in a 500% increase in sales, the company has expanded it to 25 more U.S. markets.

These 25 markets are currently responsible for “more than 80 percent of Nissan LEAF sales” today.

And unlike the Texas program that was only in conjunction with NRG eVgo stations, LEAF customers can now charge for free (with some limitations – noted below) with a newly created, all access EZ-ChargeSM card – which in this case is good for two years of free public chargers at all the major player’s stations with any purchase of a new Nissan LEAF.

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Nissan EZ Charge Card to Let Leas Recharge on Four Networks


Green Car Reports

John Voelcker

4/16/2014

One of the minor hassles of owning an electric car is the need to have multiple accounts, passes, and fobs to access multiple different public charging networks.

Now Nissan is working to make public charging simpler, introducing a program called EZ Charge that lets Nissan Leaf electric-car drivers access multiple charging networks with a single access card.

Announced today at the New York Auto Show, the Nissan EZ Charge card will give access to charging stations on four networks: Aerovironment, the Blink network (now operated by Car Charging), ChargePoint, and NRG eVgo.

Click to read more about the EZ-Charge All-Access Electric Vehicle Charge Card

 

EVs at Home on Texas’ Range


Navigant Research Blog

John Gartner

March 21, 2014

Selling electric vehicles (EVs) in oil-rich Texas is comparable to Nixon going to China, and the effort thus far has had similarly unexpected but successful results. Cars that do not use gas are proving surprisingly popular in the Lone Star State, and one of the main drivers for EVs has nothing to do with the cars themselves.

Navigant Research’s report, Electric Vehicle Geographic Forecasts, estimates that Texas has around 5,000 registered EVs currently and that this number will grow to nearly 100,000 by 2023. While the well-to-do from Texas’ oil & gas industry can afford the higher price of an EV, the state’s utility structure is playing a major role in supporting EV sales.

As a deregulated state, Texas allows utilities to directly participate in EV charging, which provides a new revenue stream for power distribution companies that, in other states, are focused on reducing load through energy efficiency measures. Because they can (and because it increases their profits), utilities NRG, Austin Energy, and CPS Energy have all begun installing EV charging stations across the state. A visible, reliable network of charging stations is essential to increasing consumers’ confidence that they won’t have to worry about getting stranded with a dwindling battery while about town.

Click to read more about NRG eVgo electric car charging in Texas

A fast charging, cleaner solution


A Tuesday Night Memo
Michael Dickens
March 18, 2014

Emeryville Freedom Station

Recently, I came across a new EV charging station while driving into the parking lot of the Emeryville Public Market, a 14-acre mixed-use site that includes a popular international food court, shops, cafes and movie theaters. At first glance, what looked like a high-tech gas pump quickly grabbed my attention. Then, as I got closer to this EV charging station, it fueled my curiosity once I realized what it wasn’t. I parked my fuel-injected, foreign-made automobile near the EV charging station and, immediately, began taking notes.

NRG eVgo (pronounced ee-vee-go) has created the nation’s first privately funded, comprehensive EV ecosystem. The company’s name is prominently displayed on its EV charging station pumps. According to the company’s website, NRG eVgo provides “electric car charging solutions directly to electric car owners as well as businesses looking to serve the EV charging needs of their residents, tenants, employees or customers.”

NRG eVgo wants to reframe the way in which Californians think about electric cars. Its goal is providing drivers with cleaner transportation solutions.

A Business Wire report last week noted that NRG eVgo, which is a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., has partnerships and agreements in place to build more than 200 fast-charging “Freedom Station” charging sites throughout California. (NRG eVgo also serves EV drivers and businesses in Texas and the greater Washington, D.C. area.)

Click to read more about NRG eVgo electric car charging in California

2014 Automotive Energy Summit at the Houston Auto Show


The Houston Auto Show’s Automotive Energy Summit explored how energy companies such as Shell Oil, NRG eVgo and CenterPoint Energy are affecting the automotive industry with new technology and initiatives that impact today’s consumers. Automotive News Magazine’s Lindsay Chapell led the discussion exploring how technology currently influences the market, and where alternative energy and research will take the industry in the future.

Panelists:
John ‘Chris’ Lallier, Senior Sales Representative, CenterPoint Energy’s Gas and Marketing Groups
David Owen, Manager, CenterPoint Energy’s Clean Air Technologies
Jack Cannata – NRG eVgo Director, Marketing
Niel Golightly, VP Americas Communications at Shell Oil

Click to watch the video of NRG eVgo and the 2014 Automotive Energy Summit at the Houston Auto Show