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Published on November 25th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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Celebrating Charging Infrastructure Expansion By Stuffing A Leaf

November 25th, 2013 by  


Nissan and NRG eVgo are celebrating the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in greater Washington, DC in a creative way via a Thanksgiving food drive. A local food bank named the Capital Area Food Bank will receive the donated food, in addition to $10,000 from Nissan and eVgo, which is a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc.

The donations will be in the form of non-perishable and canned food, which is to be stuffed into a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, then driven to the food bank mentioned above at the Dulles Town Center (one of their charging station sites) at 1:30 PM. Their other charging stations sites are in Arlington County, and in the District of Columbia at Van Ness.

eVgo’s charging stations, called Freedom Stations, offer drivers DC fast charging as well as Level 2 charging. DC fast chargers can recharge a Nissan Leaf to 80% of its capacity in under 30 minutes, while Level 2 chargers can add 12-25 miles of range to the car each hour. The Freedom Stations are also wired to accommodate a second DC charger so that they can be upgraded with new technology quickly.

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“Adding EV charging infrastructure, particularly CHAdeMO-based fast charging, leads to more consumer interest – and more sales – for Nissan LEAF,” said Brendan Jones, director of electric vehicle infrastructure strategy for Nissan. “Having the ability to charge in under 30 minutes at an NRG eVgo Freedom Station means more consumers in the Washington DC metro area can bypass the gas pump and enjoy the savings related to driving a Nissan LEAF.”

“The NRG eVgo Freedom Station at Dulles Town Center gives electric car drivers freedom to drive further and at lower prices than gasoline cars,” said Michael Krauthamer, NRG eVgo Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region. “With charging options at home, apartments or work combined with on-the-go charging, the eVgo network, inside and around the Beltway, will make it even easier to choose to drive an electric car in the D.C. area.”

This event took place between November 9-16.

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