Nissan To Triple Electric Vehicle Fast-Chargers; Partners With NRG Energy To Build First Fast-Charge Network In Washington D.C.

 Nissan To Triple Electric Vehicle Fast-Chargers; Partners With NRG Energy To
           Build First Fast-Charge Network In Washington D.C. Area

- Leader in electric vehicles to add 500 quick-charging stations across U.S.
in 18 months -

- Nissan supplying 40 fast chargers to NRG's eVgo network in greater
Washington D.C. -

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --At the Washington Auto Show today,
Nissan outlined its strategy for tripling the current electric vehicle
quick-charging infrastructure in the United States with the addition of at
least 500 quick-charging stations in the next 18 months, including the greater
Washington D.C. area's first fast-charge network.



Nissan and its charging infrastructure partners estimate that about 160 fast
chargers are currently available for public use across the United States, and
no fast chargers are available for public use in Washington D.C. Most electric
vehicle (EV) drivers now rely on home charging, and having additional charging
options can significantly increase their rate of EV driving.

"We envision a quick-charging network that links communities and neighborhoods
where people live, work, shop and socialize," said Brendan Jones, Nissan's
director of electric vehicle marketing and sales strategy. "Having a robust
charging infrastructure helps build range confidence, which boosts interest in
and use of electric vehicles. By improving the charging infrastructure, Nissan
furthers its commitment to bringing electric vehicles to markets throughout
the United States."

Nissan's strategy is focused on a three-prong approach to increase the number
of available fast chargers though its dealer network, workplace campus
charging and opportunities within local neighborhoods that help interconnect
communities where drivers spend the bulk of their time and do the majority of
their driving. Nissan is working with its dealers, local municipalities and
infrastructure partners that include NRG Energy and its eVgo® Network to
increase the current number of public charging options.

A key part of this infrastructure enhancement is eVgo's new greater
Washington, D.C. ecosystem, which will include a network of 40 eVgo Freedom
Station ^® sites across the area.Each Freedom Station site will have a Nissan
fast charger that can provide EVs such as the Nissan LEAF with up to an 80
percent charge in less than 30 minutes.NRG's new greater Washington, D.C.
network will be the first such network of fast chargers in the northeastern
United States.NRG currently operates similar networks in Houston and the
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and has announced networks in the San Francisco,
Los Angeles, San Diego and San Joaquin Valley areas. 

Through its subsidiary eVgo, NRG's investment of approximately $150 million in
EV charging infrastructure will provide EV drivers with access to hundreds of
public fast-charging Freedom Station sites along with level 2 (240-volt)
charging stations at homes, offices, multi-family communities, schools and
hospitals across Texas, California and the greater Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area. eVgo provides charging solutions directly to EV owners as
well as businesses looking to serve the EV charging needs of their residents,
tenants, employees or customers. Service plans offered by eVgo enable EV
owners to avoid paying large up-front costs for a charger and provide
unlimited charging at Freedom Station sites for a monthly fee.

"NRG's new ecosystem in the greater Washington, D.C. area will provide range
confidence and convenience to EV drivers," said Glen Stancil, vice president
at eVgo."Nissan's fast chargers are a critical element of the overall
ecosystem, which will also include charging solutions for single-family homes,
multi-family communities and workplaces.This eVgo ecosystem will enable
drivers in our nation's capital to confidently enjoy the benefits of electric
vehicle ownership."

In addition to growing the number of public charging stations, Nissan aims to
make charging available in more workplaces. While the majority of electric
vehicle owners heavily rely on home charging, workplace charging has grown in
popularity with an increasing number of companies providing this benefit.

"There are now about 1,500 private charging stations that exist in workplaces,
allowing for what's called 'end-to-end' charging. That means that the car's
battery is fully charged when the driver leaves home, and it will be fully
charged when that person leaves work," said Jones. "It's another way to give
electric vehicle drivers more flexibility to run errands and make other stops
between work and home."

To encourage more companies to offer charging benefits on their campuses,
Nissan has collected best practices from corporations who already offer
incentives for electric vehicle owners to share with other corporations who
are interested in growing the workplace charging infrastructure.

Nissan has launched a study with about 30 dealers to help determine best
practices for leveraging dealer participation within the fast-charging
infrastructure to provide public access.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing
exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive
range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in
zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the
Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and
winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More
information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and
Infiniti vehicles can be found online at, or visit the Americas media sites and

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at

About NRG

NRG Energy, Inc., is at the forefront of changing how people think about and
use energy. A Fortune 300 company based in Princeton, NJ, NRG is a pioneer in
developing cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers: whether as
one of the largest solar power developers in the country, or by building the
first privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving
customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use.
Our diverse power generating facilities can support more than 20 million homes
and our retail electricity providers—Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company
and Energy Plus—serve more than two million customers. More information is
available at Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow
us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

About eVgo

NRG Energy, through its eVgo ® Network is creating the nation's first
privately funded, comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem. The eVgonetwork
gives EV owners new freedom and range confidence via home charging and fast
charging stations conveniently located at major retailers, employers as well
as along highways across eVgo cities. Service plans offered by eVgo allow EV
owners to avoid paying large up-front costs for a home charger and provide
unlimited use of the eVgo network of Freedom Station® sites —all for one low
monthly fee. To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit Connect with eVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Safe Harbor Disclosure

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risks, uncertainties and assumptions and include NRG's expectations regarding
the timing of its deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure in the
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SOURCE Nissan North America

Contact: Travis Parman, Nissan North America, Inc., Corporate Communications,
+1-615-725-5828; Carly Kade, eVgo Communications, +1-713-819-2550; or David
Knox, NRG Energy Communications, +1-713-537-2130
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