2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas
Drivers must subscribe
Third, to use those Level 2 charging stations, electric-car drivers must become EVgo subscribers. (DC fast-charging stations will be open to all comers for five years, for a fee.)
California will not have pricing oversight for any of the stations NRG installs--though electric-car drivers, who are a savvy bunch, may not use EVgo stations they perceive as too pricey.
When we first heard the news, we too had assumed NRG would write a check to California to fund charging stations.
Instead, notes electric-car advocate Chelsea Sexton, NRG killed two birds with one stone: It settled the lawsuit by funding charging stations it had already planned to build.
If a company settles a long-running lawsuit over price-fixing, should the penalty be having to build an asset that makes money for it?
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