CHESTNUT HILL, MA. March 3, 2015—Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers are now able to plug in and charge their cars while they shop or grab a bite to eat at Chestnut Hill’s high end shopping destination. Simon, a global leader in the retail real estate industry, and NRG eVgo (ee-vee-go) a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., announced today the installation of the new EV fast-charging Freedom Station® site that can recharge shoppers’ vehicles in 30 minutes or less at The Mall at Chestnut Hill.
“As Simon’s growing network of state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging stations expand to New England, they continue to show our commitment to delivering a more sustainable shopping experience that is also convenient for our guests,” said Justin Feldhouse, Mall Manager at The Mall at Chestnut Hill. “Adding car charging stations to the area illustrates the many opportunities we have as a company to incorporate sustainable practices into our day-to-day operations.”
“NRG is proud to be the largest developer of DC Fast Charging for electric vehicles in the nation and we are excited to begin serving customers at our first location in Greater Boston at The Mall at Chestnut Hill,” said Jonathan Lee, eVgo’s regional manager in the city. “As we build out the Boston fast charging network and look to build more locations with Simon, we are going to keep these chargers in the free-charging mode to give EV drivers a chance to see how different, fast and powerful these chargers are and how they can completely change how people think of confidence and convenience when looking at EV charging.”
The Mall at Chestnut Hill’s Freedom Station is now open and offers a CHAdeMO DC fast charger, that provides speed and convenience with the ability to provide a LEAF or Tesla approximately 40 miles of range in 15 minutes of charging, and a Level 2 charger, which supports all EVs and plug-in Hybrids. The Freedom Station is located in the parking lot near the parking garage and Crate & Barrel.
Simon is a long-time real estate leader in sustainability practices, including initiatives to measure and reduce overall energy consumption, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Supporting the needs of energy conscious consumers is also part of Simon’s sustainability strategy. Shoppers can plug in to 152 electric vehicle charging stations located at 56 of Simon’s shopping destinations.
The eVgo Freedom Station site at The Mall at Chestnut Hill is designed to support both current and future charging technology, by serving local EV drivers’ on-the-go charging needs regardless of what kind of electric vehicle they drive. In addition to the CHAdeMO fast charger and the Level 2 EV charger, the station can be upgraded with an SAE Combo charger as more EVs with that charging standard become available.
eVgo is building additional electric charging networks across New England including additional Simon shopping centers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As more Freedom Station sites are built and the network is established, EV drivers will have access to local and public fast-charging sites at Simon properties throughout New England.
For more information, visit simon.com or nrgeVgo.com.
About The Mall at Chestnut Hill
Mall at Chestnut Hill is an upscale, two-level enclosed shopping mall, located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Massachusetts on Boylston Street (Route 9). Featuring the only Bloomingdale’s in Massachusetts, Mall at Chestnut Hill features over 50 specialty retailers, including Uniqlo, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co., Apple Store, Stuart Weitzman, CUSP: Neiman Marcus, Sidney Thomas, and Coach. While at the center visit Besito Mexican Restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, or Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse for a unique dining experience.
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry. The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising approximately 241 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S. For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.
About NRG eVgo
The NRG eVgo SM network gives electric vehicle (EV) owners new freedom and range confidence via home and workplace charging docks, plus a network of fast charging stations conveniently located at retailers along major transportation corridors within eVgo cities. 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 500 company at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Through eVgo, NRG will provide access to hundreds of public charging sites across the United States. 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.
(On behalf of The Mall at Chestnut Hill)
Jillian Kuzyk, Regan Communications
(On behalf of NRG eVgo)
David Knox, NRG eVgo