First public EV charging station for dual fast-charge systems opens

  • 04-Oct-2013 01:05 EDT

At the new Freedom Station in San Diego, CHAdeMo (at left) and SAE J1772 charging units stand on either side of an electronic control unit. The EV charging facility also has an ac Level 2 charger in a separate area.

NRG eVgo and Simon Property Group Inc. have opened what they claim is the first station in the U.S. offering ac Level 2 charging for EVs along with two different types of dc fast charging. The station is in San Diego. One of the fast-charging systems uses the SAE International J1772 combo connector (which also allows slower Level 2 charging) and the other uses the CHAdeMO system developed by TEPCO mainly for plug-in cars from Japan such as the Nissan Leaf. Under an agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission, NRG eVgo will invest about $100 million to build a network of at least 200 fast-charge-capable stations in the region stretching from San Diego to the San Joaquin Valley. As part of the agreement, the company also will build infrastructure to support Level 2 charging at a minimum of 10,000 parking spaces at multi-family, workplace, and public-facility locations in California. NRG eVgo also is building stations in Texas and the Baltimore/Washington metro area.

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