April 13, 2015
PNM, Nissan and Local Businesses Launch Free EV Fast Charging Stations April 15
Albuquerque: PNM will announce the launch of five free electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations with a brief kick-off event at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 15 at the Winrock Mall near Dave and Buster's, 2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
The chargers are compatible with all-electric vehicles such as a Nissan LEAF® or the BMW i3 that are equipped with DC (direct current) fast charge capability. Fast chargers can charge a battery up to 60 or 80 miles of range in 20 minutes. Use your mobile phone to activate the charger by downloading the Greenlots.com app.
"This EV initiative is another way we are driving innovation for a clean energy future and supporting the development of new business segments in our community," said Ron Darnell, PNM senior vice president of public policy.
The chargers are funded by Nissan and free to use. The company states that since the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling EV, Nissan has reinforced its commitment to zero emission mobility with investments in charging infrastructure to serve the needs of LEAF drivers in markets across the U.S. Nissan is working proactively with charging companies, local businesses and community partners to install hundreds of fast chargers across the U.S., including these new stations in the Albuquerque area.
EVs are better for the environment, reduce reliance on foreign oil and may cost less over time to operate and maintain. Two Department of Energy websites let you compare cost and emissions: afdc.energy.gov/calc and energy.gov/egallon.
PNM and Nissan have joined with local businesses to install the charging stations at five locations: Albuquerque: Winrock Mall near Dave and Buster's, 2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE; Firehouse Subs, Montgomery Plaza, 4411 San Mateo Bld. NE; Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Corrales Center, 10701 Corrales Rd. NW and O'Neill's Pub, 4310 Central Avenue SE. Santa Fe: San Isidro Shopping Plaza, 3462 Zafarano Drive.
What: PNM EV Fast Charging Station Launch
Where: Dave and Buster's, Winrock Mall, 2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE (Just north of I-40)
When: 10 a.m. April 15, 2015
Who: Ron Darnell, PNM Senior Vice President of Public Policy; Darin Sand, Goodman Realty, owner of Winrock Town Center and Montgomery Plaza; Dallas Broad, Corrales Center; Robert O'Neill, owner of O'Neill's & Gioco; Nissan and BMW Representatives
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit PNM.com.