The initial deployment will provide home and remote charging capabilities throughout Houston. Eventually the rollout will include Texas and ultimately the entire United States. Houston-based Direct Energy serves six million residential and business customers.
Steven Murray, President of Direct Energy Residential, says his company takes pride in its ability “to create innovative products and services to meet the unique and varied needs of our customers. As electric vehicles become more popular with consumers looking to reduce their environmental impact and promote U.S. energy independence, we, as an industry, need to create thoughtful solutions for EV customers. Energy retailers like Direct Energy will play an important role in developing pricing and billing plans that meet the unique needs of EV owners, and delivering a quality customer experience.”
Direct Energy collaboration with NRG is one of several smart energy initiatives the company is involved with. This past summer Direct Energy instituted the Power-to-Go pre-paid pricing plan in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth that requires no deposit and no credit check. This way, consumers with smart meters can buy power in the same way mobile carriers offer pre-paid phone service.
David Crane, NRG Energy President and CEO, “For eVgo to be successful, it’s crucial that NRG partner with companies like Direct Energy that are committed to investing in the future of energy solutions, and are committed to delivering high-quality, consumer-focused solutions. Direct Energy’s experience in Texas and in numerous states across the country will be a tremendous asset as we build out eVgo in Texas and beyond.”
The first eVgo high-powered rapid charging stations are scheduled to be installed in February 2011 so that Houston’s EV drivers will have easy access to a charging station along major thoroughfares within 25 miles of downtown.
Direct Energy is part of the Centrica group which provides energy and other essential services. For more information, visit www.directenergy.com/texas.
Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, NRG Energy’s power plants provide more than 24,000 megawatts of generation capacity, enough to supply more than 20 million homes. NRG Energy is a founding member of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group that promotes the mass deployment of electric vehicles. For more information, visit www.nrgenergy.com and www.evgonetwork.com.