LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - July 7, 2015 - Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, and NRG EVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., announced today the installation of a new electric car fast-charging Freedom Station® site at Quaker Bridge Mall. The new charging stations provide shoppers with the ability to recharge their vehicles in 30 minutes or less. In an opening ceremony held this morning, NRG CEO David Crane commissioned the station with a charge to his personal Electric Vehicle (EV). Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin also celebrated the milestone for the community.
“Simon is committed to providing sustainable amenities for our customers and the opening of an EV charging station in a market where there is a lot of interest in electric vehicles is a great example of that,” said Mona Benisi, Senior Director of Sustainability for Simon. “The locations of our shopping centers across the United States mean that Simon is ideally positioned to contribute to the development of a national infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations, and also advances the company’s sustainability efforts.”
Freedom Station® sites are equipped with DC Fast Chargers, which can deliver 40 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes, allowing electric vehicle (EV) drivers to quickly charge their vehicles while enjoying the Quaker Bridge Mall. The station also has a Level 2 charger that can charge all EVs.
“EVgo is the largest developer of public DC Fast Charging for electric vehicles in the nation and we are using this experience to partner with Simon in New Jersey to begin serving customers at Quaker Bridge Mall,” said Brendan Jones, EVgo’s regional Vice President for the East. “This is the beginning of a robust network in New Jersey which will soon extend to New York City and Philadelphia, featuring the fastest public charging available. EVgo gives drivers new found confidence and flexibility in how and when they charge their EVs.”
The Quaker Bridge Mall EV charging stations will occupy two parking spots located on the Grover’s Mill side of the property, near the lower level mall entrance between Sears and Lord & Taylor.
“The opening of an EV charging station at our property is another way we are able to enhance the customer shopping experience and better meet our customers’ needs,” said Lynda Benedetto, Mall Manager of Quaker Bridge. “It’s important to address ongoing trends within the market and this added convenience will allow us to do just that.”
Simon is a long-time industry leader in incorporating energy management and sustainability practices into its operations with more than 148 EV charging stations at 68 properties in 18 states with more scheduled to come on line in late 2015. EVgo is the clear leader in EV DC Fast Charging with nearly 400 Freedom Stations in 26 cities with more coming online each month.
For additional information on EV charging stations and other amenities at Quaker Bridge Mall, please visit www.quakerbridgemall.com.
About Quaker Bridge Mall
Quaker Bridge Mall is New Jersey’s premier shopping destination featuring more than 90 stores and exciting dining options including Coach, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Michael Kors, Sephora and The Cheesecake Factory. Located in Central New Jersey at US Rt. 1, Quaker Bridge Mall is conveniently accessed via 95, 295 and most major roadways. For more information on Quaker Bridge visit www.quakerbridgemall.com.
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.
About NRG EVgo
EVgo leads America’s electric vehicle revolution. Our mission: Build the nation’s largest EV charging network while improving the planet and boosting the economy. At home, work, and on the road, we put the right chargers in the right places. Together we unite the EV movement for all, making it unstoppable. Service plans offered by EVgo can provide EV owners a home or workplace charger and use of EVgo’s Freedom Station® sites and other public charging stations. EVgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 200 company at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. EVgo provides access to hundreds of public charging sites across 26 cities across America.
To find out more, or to join the EVgo network, visit www.nrgevgo.com. Connect with EVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgevgo.