NRG, AeroVironment to bring electric vehicle charging to Dallas area

 

Dallas, April 8, 2011 — AeroVironment, Inc. joined with NRG Energy to expand the privately funded eVgosm electric vehicle charging "ecosystem" to EV drivers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market.

The ecosystem is an integrated network of electric vehicle charging products, services and payment plans that helps make EVs practical for drivers. NRG selected AeroVironment to provide home and public charging systems, installation services, energy usage monitoring and payment and subscription solutions in support of the Houston and DFW ecosystems.

The companies plan to inaugurate the DFW expansion today at a ribbon-cutting event in Dallas hosted by NRG's president and CEO David Crane and featuring AeroVironment's chairman and CEO Tim Conver.

In addition to supplying, installing and supporting smart home and public charging stations, AeroVironment will also provide the integrated data collection, communication and analysis systems that will power NRG's eVgo network.

NRG Energy plans to install a total of 70 Freedom Stations in the DFW area by the end of 2012, 35 of which are scheduled for installation by the end of 2011. Freedom Stations comprise one EVSE-CS and one EV50-PS, a DC fast charging system that can fully recharge an EV in minutes.

The eVgo charging network will give DFW's EV drivers ready access to charging stations along major freeways, in key shopping and business districts, at popular retailers and in multi-family community and workplace parking areas.

AeroVironment and NRG Energy have developed a comprehensive charging solution that is ideally suited for NRG's customers and is designed to make driving electric vehicles convenient and easy.

The DFW ecosystem includes:

Level 2 Home Charging Dock — AeroVironment's EVSE-RS+ model is a grid-connected residential (single-family or multi-unit) system that recharges EVs or plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) that comply with the J1772 standard, and will turn drivers' homes into convenient, smart refueling hubs. Grid communication will allow the Home Charging Dock to charge automatically or be pre-programmed by NRG or the driver for optimal power draw so that it charges when energy consumption and energy costs are lowest.

Level 2 Commercial Charging Station — AeroVironment's EVSE-CS model is a public level 2 charging dock with tamper-resistant features and secure smart card access, making it ideal for municipalities, retailers, shopping malls and wherever cars are parked and available for charging. This charging system is designed to provide a safe, reliable charge for all electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models that comply with the J1772 standard.

High Power DC Charging Station — AeroVironment's EV50-PS can recharge an EV in minutes using high-power, DC charging for busy drivers with very little time to spare. This is the first charging station in the United States that is certified for use with EVs that use the CHAdeMO connector and communication protocol standard, (e.g., Nissan LEAF).

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