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How do changes in electric car fast charging affect the NRG/eVgo settlement with California?

When the NRG settlement with California was announced last Spring, CHADEMO was the only fast charging standard on the market, but did the rapidly changing market for electric car fast charging throw a monkey wrench into that agreement?

Electric cars are more useful to their owners when the car can be charged quickly. A large network of fast charging stations is due to be built in California now that the settlement with NRG was fully approved on Monday, and eVgo is free to expand into California. The fact charging station landscape has changed quite a bit since that settlement was reached, and it’s worth a look at the current conditions for electric car fast charging.

At the time of the settlement there was only one fast charging standard in use and available in cars. This is the CHADEMO standard developed in Japan and available in the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. With a CHADEMO station the time to recharge a Nissan Leaf drops from 7+ hours for a full recharge, to about an hour most of which is a fast recharge cycle.


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