Together, Green Mountain Power (GMP) and NRG are furthering Vermont’s national leadership in sustainable energy. Vermont is the first New England state to be added to NRG EVgo’s national public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), and GMP is the first utility in the country to partner with the EVgo network. The first of the network’s charging stations, called “Freedom Stations,” are conveniently located in downtown Rutland on Cottage Street.
This is the first comprehensive electric vehicle charging network in New England. GMP and EVgo plan to install 12 Freedom Stations statewide this year, increasing Vermont’s energy independence and contributing to cleaner air and lower carbon emissions. Other locations will include Quechee, White River Junction and Waterbury.
“These new chargers represent the best in fast charging technology and we are so pleased to be offering them in Rutland, the Energy City of the Future,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “Our goal is to help Vermonters save money and reduce fossil fuel use through innovative products and services like these chargers, all while continuing to provide highly reliable, clean and cost-effective power.”
“NRG EVgo is excited to partner with GMP to offer the first statewide DC fast-charging network in New England,” said Denise Wilson, executive vice president of NRG. “The NRG EVgo network is the only one in the nation that can charge all EVs on the road today. Vermont is a fantastic addition to the fastest-growing DC fast-charging network in the nation.”
GMP plans to incorporate EVs in its eHome program. The program also helps families improve their homes with energy efficiency and such clean energy technology as heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, solar power, weatherization, smart plugs, and technology to control and track usage from anywhere.
Rutland Mayor Chris Louras said of the Freedom Stations, “Transportation is a critical component of a thriving community. As more and more Vermonters and visitors move to electric vehicles, it’s vital that we have the infrastructure to support them.”
The EVgo Freedom Station is capable of providing approximately 80% of a battery charge in 25 minutes when using the DC fast-charging option. The chargers also have level 2 capabilities that provide up to 24 miles of charge per hour. Customers can choose to pay as they go or sign up for various monthly charging subscriptions starting around $5.95 a month.