$100 Million For Electric-Car Charging: Devil, Meet Details Page 2

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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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