Houston to be home to nation's largest network of electric vehicle chargers

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Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 18 at 11:36 AM

HOUSTON -- Power plant operator NRG Energy today unveiled plans to install 150 charging stations within 25 miles of downtown Houston.

The brand name is eVgo.

The Houston Chronicle reports the privately funded network will include chargers at Walgreens, BestBuy and other stores, as well as near offices.

It's expected that 80 percent to 90 percent of EV charging will occur at home. NRG is offering three monthly plans that include installation of 240-volt home charging systems.

NRG will install the units starting in February -- with plans for most of them to be in place by the summer.

The company plans a similar rollout in Dallas in early 2011 and is talking to the utilities in San Antonio and Austin.

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