NRG Energy’s subsidiary eVgo and energy storage company Green Charge Networks (GCN) have partnered for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with integrated energy storage.
The Californian partnership is aimed to combine GCN’s energy storage systems (ESS) with eVgo’s DC fast charging installations. The ESS uses lithium-ion batteries and allows end-users to reduce consumption as well as to avoid high demand charges during peak times, according to GCN.
GCN and NRG eVgo have formed a partnership to install more than ten EV charging stations integrated with an ESS in California by the end of 2014. Five of those stations are already in operation.
“We help enhance the value offering to the end customer; not only are they getting EV chargers, but they’re also getting power savings as well,” said GCN CEO Vic Shao.
eVgo is building a network of more than 200 fast-charging sites and the infrastructure to support 240V AC charging charging at multi-family residences and workplaces throughout the state of California.
The Californian government has a zero emissions vehicle goal of 1.5m plug-in vehicles on the road by 2025 as well as an energy storage mandate of deploying 1.3GW of energy storage capacity by 2020.