October 25, 2021 - Connecticut officials and Greater New Haven Clean Cities, a U.S. Department of Energy designated market transformation organization, honored two national electric vehicle charging providers and two national real estate companies for making high-speed, long-distance charging available for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers on I-91 and I-95.
Brixmor Property Group, Electrify America, EVgo, and National Realty & Development Corp. (NRDC) were awarded recognition as Connecticut Clean Communities Leaders for their contributions to cleaning Connecticut’s air, protecting our shoreline, and helping reduce respiratory disease through the advancement of our electric transportation network.
“For the last hundred years, gasoline and diesel fueled extraordinary progress in our country, but at a cost to the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the shoreline we enjoy,” explained Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coordinator Paul Wessel. “Fortunately, we’ve realized that electric vehicles deliver even better mobility at a much lower impact to the world around us.”
“Our cars and trucks are Connecticut’s single largest source of emissions that pollute our air and increase the severity of asthma and other respiratory diseases,” adds Dr. SanjiNv Godse, a pediatrician and pulmonologist at the Yale School of Medicine. “These emissions contribute to global warming-related disease that contributed to 300,000 deaths among people older than 65 in 2018 - and billions of lost work hours. Widespread adoption of electric vehicles will drive those numbers down dramatically.”
“EVs' instant torque and seamless acceleration make them exciting to drive,” remarked Ronek Patel, who is on his second EV while crisscrossing the state promoting vaccines for Pfizer. “That I get race-car-like acceleration while reducing my carbon footprint is a dream come true. And electricity is the only transportation fuel that will get greener over time.”
“Partnering with Electrify America and EVgo has equipped us to better support our communities as the need for fast chargers continues to grow with more people switching to electric vehicles,” said Daren Moss, Senior Vice President of Operations & Sustainability for Brixmor Property Group. “We are on track to install EV charging stations at 25% of our properties by 2025 as part of our stated ESG goals outlined in the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report.”
“EVgo’s 100% renewable network provides zero emission charging in the right places, empowering drivers to charge faster and go further,” said Colin Murchie, Senior Director Business Development at EVgo. “We are proud to provide convenient, reliable, and affordable EV charging in the state of Connecticut and across the U.S.”
“We celebrate Brixmor, Electrify America, EVgo, and NRDC’s 9 fast-charge stations here In North Haven for making long-distance EV travel easier,” commented Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney. “Their leadership sends a message to Connecticut’s legislators, regulators, and administration about the importance of public policy that encourages citizens and businesses to adopt smarter and cleaner ways of getting around.”
“On behalf of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), I commend the organizations, electric vehicle charging providers and businesses recognized here today for serving as an example of the types of transformative partnerships that can advance the state’s goals of decarbonizing the transportation sector,” said Marissa P. Gillett, PURA Chairman. “PURA is committed to supporting efforts like these so that we can seamlessly integrate EV technologies into the electric grid across Connecticut.”
Electrify America’s four fast chargers are located at Brixmor’s North Haven Crossing, 410 Universal Drive, near Dollar Tree and the Bank of America kiosk. EVgo’s five fast chargers are by Michael’s and Target at NRDS’s 100 Universal Drive site. Both are just off Exit 9 of I-91 in North Haven.
About Greater New Haven Clean Cities:
The Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. (GNHCCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that furthers the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. The GNHCCC brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies. The goal is to improve air quality, support economic development, increase energy security, and reduce dependence on petroleum. We do this by providing education and training, technical expertise, networking opportunities, and funding assistance to our stakeholders.
About Brixmor Property Group:
Brixmor (NYSE: BRX) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates a high-quality, national portfolio of open-air shopping centers. Its 389 retail centers comprise approximately 68 million square feet of prime retail space in established trade areas. The Company strives to own and operate shopping centers that reflect Brixmor's vision "to be the center of the communities we serve" and are home to a diverse mix of thriving national, regional and local retailers. Brixmor is a proud real estate partner to approximately 5,000 retailers including The TJX Companies, The Kroger Co., Publix Super Markets and Ross Stores.
About Electrify America:
Electrify America LLC, the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. Electrify America expects to have more than 1,700 total charging stations with over 9,500 chargers by end of 2025. During this period, the company will be expanding to 49 states and the District of Columbia, delivering on its commitment to support increased ZEV adoption with a network that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and customer friendly. Electrify America earned the “2020 EV Charging Infrastructure Best-in-Test” award from umlaut, an independent testing & validation company, as published in Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine, noting the company’s accessibility and seamless customer experience. For more, visit www.electrifyamerica.com and media.electrifyamerica.com
EVgo (Nasdaq: EVGO) is the nation’s largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles, and the first to be powered by 100% renewable energy. With more than 800 fast charging locations, EVgo’s owned and operated charging network serves over 68 metropolitan areas across 35 states and more than 300,000 customer accounts. Founded in 2010, EVgo leads the way on transportation electrification, partnering with automakers; fleet and rideshare operators; retail hosts such as hotels, shopping centers, gas stations and parking lot operators; and other stakeholders to deploy advanced charging technology to expand network availability and make it easier for drivers across the U.S. to enjoy the benefits of driving an EV. As a charging technology first mover, EVgo works closely with business and government leaders to accelerate the ubiquitous adoption of EVs by providing a reliable and convenient charging experience close to where drivers live, work and play, whether for a daily commute or a commercial fleet.
About National Realty & Development Corp:
The NRDC portfolio is comprised of 75 projects throughout the United States, including large retail power centers, community shopping centers, corporate/ industrial business parks and luxury residential. Our retail centers are among the most successful in their respective trade areas. We understand the vital importance of establishing and maintaining the right merchandising mix needed to maximize sales for our tenants and thus ensure the long-term viability of our retail portfolio.
Ted Brooks, VP of Investor Relations