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Convenient Charging Will Be Tipping Point for Electric Cars


Times of San Diego

Staff Writer

7/30/14

Earlier this month, Tesla Motors continued to push the electric vehicle industry forward, announcing a more affordable EV that will be available in 2017. Tesla now has a lot of company, with every major automaker, from BMW to Nissan, from Volkswagen to Mitsubishi, selling EVs or announcing plans to get their EVs to market.

Given the building buzz, are we finally at a tipping point for EVs? I firmly believe so. In the four years since EVs first debuted (and the three years since I have been driving one), the number of auto makers participating in the electric drive market has increased seven times, and there are nine times more EV models available for purchase. Yet, that tipping point will not happen unless we solve the charging needs of these vehicles. It wasn’t automotive mass production that brought about the golden age of the car but rather the interstate highway systems and the ubiquity of fueling stations.

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BMW to Expand Electric-Car Fast Charging- Two New Attacks Aimed at Removing Major Obstacle to Cars’ Adoption


The Wall Street Journal

Joseph B. White

7/28/14

BMW AG BMW.XE -2.22% is launching two new attacks on one of the biggest obstacles to broader acceptance of electric cars such as its i3 model: the lack of fast recharging stations.

The company plans to announce today a deal with NRG Energy Inc. NRG +1.41% to allow owners of BMW i3 electric cars to recharge their batteries for free through 2015 at NRG eVgo charging stations in California. The free fast-recharging offer responds to rival Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA -0.15% ’s offer of free recharging for owners of the company’s Model S at Tesla-owned charging stations.

In a separate move, BMW is collaborating with German engineering and automotive-technology company Robert Bosch GmbH to offer a compact fast-charging station that will be sold to BMW dealers and other businesses for $6,548, or about a fifth the price of other fast-charging systems on the market, BMW officials said.

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Driving the trend: Kimco adds more charging stations


Kimco Realty Blog

David Jamieson

7/1/14

What does it take to be a leader? In our industry, leadership depends in part on anticipating market trends. When you can foresee the needs of consumers, you can equip your commercial tenants with the resources necessary to provide the best customer experience.

Such was the case last summer when Kimco recognized an oncoming demand for auto charging stations, where drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) can quick-charge their cars. By September our first installation of an NRG eVgo Freedom Station was in place at Kimco’s Westlake Shopping Center in Daly City, California.

The response has been terrific. Currently the Westlake station averages 18 charges every day, making it one of the highest-rated sites for NRG eVgo. Customers love the convenience of a charging station in a shopping center parking lot, and our retailers appreciate the addition of an on-site amenity that increases foot traffic and appeals to the sensibilities of the local population.

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Nissan and NRG eVgo celebrate expanding the electric vehicle fast charging network in the greater Washington D.C. area with “Stuff a LEAF for the Holidays” Charity Drive


WASHINGTON, D.C., November 15, 2013 – Nissan and NRG eVgo (ee-vee-go), a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., are celebrating the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in greater Washington D.C. , and one local food bank will reap the benefits. “Stuff a LEAF for the Holidays” is a Thanksgiving charity food drive being held at the Macy’s Court inside Dulles Town Center, which is home to one of the first three eVgo Freedom Station® sites in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Nissan and NRG eVgo have committed $10,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank as well as the contents of a 100% electric Nissan LEAF that is currently on display at the Dulles Town Center, being filled with canned and non-perishable goods. Representatives from both Nissan and eVgo will present the donation to the Capital Area Food Bank at the Dulles Town Center, at 1:30 p.m. on November 16. Those interested in supporting the cause are encouraged to bring canned goods or non-perishable items and place it with the vehicle anytime from November 9-16.

eVgo Freedom Station sites, conveniently located along major roadways, offer electric car drivers DC fast charging and Level 2 charging. DC fast chargers can charge a Nissan LEAF to 80% in less than 30 minutes. Level 2 chargers deliver range at a rate of 12 – 25 miles per hour. Most sites are available 24/7 and are positioned near retail stores as well as restaurants to provide the option to shop or eat while charging. An eVgo Freedom Station utilizes CHAdeMO, the most common fast charging technology for electric vehicles today. Freedom Station sites are also wired for the addition of a second DC charger to allow new technology to be quickly added to the station.

eVgo is building the first comprehensive fast charging network in the greater Washington area with fully operational Freedom Station sites at Dulles Town Center in Loudon County, in Arlington County, and in the District of Columbia at Van Ness. Two additional sites are currently under construction in Rockville, Md., and Towson, Md., and with sites under development across the Washington metropolitan area, the eVgo ecosystem will enable electric car owners in the nation’s capital to drive with confidence in and around the Beltway.

“Adding EV charging infrastructure leads to more consumer interest – and more sales – for electric cars like Nissan LEAF,” said Brendan Jones, director of electric vehicle infrastructure strategy for Nissan. “Having the ability to charge in under 30 minutes at an NRG eVgo Freedom Station means more consumers in the Washington DC metro area can bypass the gas pump and enjoy the savings related to driving a Nissan LEAF.”

“The NRG eVgo Freedom Station at Dulles Town Center gives electric car drivers freedom to drive further and at lower prices than gasoline cars,” said Michael Krauthamer, NRG eVgo Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region. “With charging options at home, apartments or work combined with on-the-go charging, the eVgo network, inside and around the Beltway, will make it even easier to choose to drive an electric car in the D.C. area.”

The “Stuff a LEAF for the Holidays” event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm in Dulles Town Center at Macy’s Court and will include family-fun activities such as an opportunity to test drive a Nissan LEAF, a meet and greet with Redskins cheerleaders, face painting, balloon artists and more. There will be a raffle giveaway at 1:30 pm with prizes including two sets of Redskins tickets with a parking pass and Redskins memorabilia.

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 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

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 charger and unlimited use of eVgo’s Freedom Station® sites – all for one low monthly fee. 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 California, Texas and the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 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.

About Dulles Town Center

Dulles Town Center is a 554-acre master planned commercial, retail and office park in Dulles, Virginia. Within the planned development, Dulles Town Center mall, developed by Lerner Enterprises and CIGNA, is a two-level regional shopping center totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet that includes Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, Sears, Dicks’s Sporting Goods, LA|Fitness, P. F. Chang’s China Bistro, The Cheesecake Factory, Bare Escentuals, H&M, Banana Republic, Swarovski, Old Navy, Cache, Hollister, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Abercrombie & Fitch, in addition to 185 chic shops and over 40 dining options. The state of the art Regal Dulles Town Center Stadium 10 & RPX Theaters is planned to open in 2013. The mall is located at the intersection of Virginia Routes 7 and 28 in Dulles, Virginia, five miles from Washington Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County, Virginia. Loudoun County is consistently ranked as having the highest median household income in the country and being one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

About Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Washington metropolitan area serving 500,000 people through direct food distribution programs and a network of 500 community partners. In 2012, the Capital Area Food Bank provided 45 million pounds of food to kids, seniors and families in Washington, DC; Maryland and Northern Virginia, of which 17.5 million pounds was fresh fruits and vegetables. The Capital Area Food Bank is a member of Feeding America. To learn more, visit: http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org, or find us on Facebook facebook.com/ CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.

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Contact Information:
Brian Brockman
Nissan Corporate Communications
Brian.Brockman@Nissan-USA.com
615-725-1447

Carly Kade
NRG eVgo Communications
carly.kade@nrgenergy.com
713-819-2550

Kimco brings NRG eVgo electric vehicle fast charging to Westlake Shopping Center


Kimco brings NRG eVgo electric vehicle fast charging to Westlake Shopping Center

eVgo Freedom Station sites planned for 7 Kimco centers in California 

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y.,  September 04, 2013 — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM), owner and operator of the nation’s largest shopping center portfolio, and NRG eVgo (ee-vee-go) are pleased to announce the opening of the Bay Area’s first Freedom Station® at Westlake Shopping Center in Daly City, Calif. The eVgo Freedom Station at Westlake offers electric vehicle (EV) owners both rapid and traditional EV charging, and is one of seven eVgo Freedom Station sites planned at Kimco retail centers in California this year. eVgo Freedom Station sites include 480-volt “DC Fast Chargers” and standard 240-volt “Level 2” chargers compatible with any electric vehicle with a plug.

“We’re thrilled to have our first NRG eVgo Freedom Station up and running at Westlake,” said David Jamieson, Kimco’s vice president of leasing and asset management. “Californians drive more than one-third of the electric vehicles in the country, so building a network of quick-charge stations at Kimco centers, which are easily accessible by commuters, is a valued amenity to our customers and retailers.”

“This NRG eVgo Freedom Station is an example of Kimco’s dedication to sustainability and will enable drivers of zero and low emission vehicles to use no or little gasoline while working, shopping or socializing at Westlake Shopping Center,” said Terry O’Day, director of business development for NRG eVgo in California. “Unveiling this first of seven NRG eVgo Freedom Station sites with Kimco is an important milestone in making electric vehicles more convenient for the citizens of Daly City, the Bay Area and the state of California.”

The 686,000-square-foot WestlakeShopping Center is located at 402 Westlake Center at the corner of John Daly Boulevard and Lake Merced Boulevard in Daly City, Calif. The eVgo Freedom Station is situated on the first floor of Westlake Shopping Center’s parking garage adjacent to The Home Depot.

The Westlake site offers the Bay Area’s first eVgo DC Fast Charger, which can provide up to an 80 percent charge in about 30 minutes, and has been designed to easily incorporate a second DC Fast Charger. The station also offers a Level 2 charger, which can provide up to 24 miles of range per hour of charge.

Will Teichman, Kimco’s director of sustainability, commented, “The NRG eVgo Freedom Station at Westlake is a significant example of Kimco’s commitment to operate in an environmentally mindful way, and is one of several enhancements we’ve made at the center.   We’ve installed energy-efficient lighting in the common areas, and added a state-of-the-art energy management system to monitor and control usage.”

The seven eVgo Freedom Station sites planned at Kimco’s California centers align with the state’s goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roadways by 2025. eVgo is building electric vehicle charging networks across the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles Basin and San Diego area. As more Freedom Station sites are built and the network established, EV drivers will have access to hundreds of public fast-charging sites along with Level 2 charging stations at homes, offices, multi-family communities, schools and hospitals.

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that owns and operates North America’s largest portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of June 30, 2013, the company owned interests in 874 shopping centers comprising 128 million square feet of leasable space across 43 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South America. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisition, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visitwww.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

About NRG eVgo

The NRG eVgo network gives EV owners new freedom and range confidence via home charging and fast charging stations conveniently located at major retailers along highways across eVgo cities. Service plans offered by eVgo allow EV owners to avoid paying large up-front costs for a home or work charger and provide unlimited use of the eVgo network of Freedom Station® sites —all for one low monthly fee.  eVgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. NRG’s investment in EV charging infrastructure will provide EV drivers with access to hundreds of public fast-charging Freedom Station sites along with level 2 charging stations at homes, offices, multi-family communities, schools and hospitals across California, Texas and the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit www.eVgoNetwork.com. Connect witheVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @evgonetwork.

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CONTACT:

David F. Bujnicki

Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Kimco Realty Corp.

1-866-831-4297

dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

 

Carly Kade

Communications

NRG eVgo

281-407-1274

carly.kade@nrgenergy.com

Fleet Round-Up: Stobart, FedEx, Cracker Barrel, Tire Efficiency


Environmental Leader
November 5, 2012

Stobart Group’s transport and distribution division Eddie Stobart and compressed and liquefied gases supplier BOC are testing a fleet of Volvo dual-fuel vehicles powered primarily by liquid natural gas. The UK government’s Technology Strategy Board is providing the initial funds for the trial, and Eddie Stobart has agreed to match that investment. The funding will allow Eddie Stobart to increase the number of dual-fuel vehicles in its fleet and enable BOC to install an LNG refueling station at one of the transportation company’s regional hubs.

 

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Test Drive an Electric Vehicle to Re-tree Texas


City of Fort Worth website
October 14, 2012
 
Test drive an electric vehicle (EV) before Dec. 1 at participating EVs for Trees dealerships and the dealer will donate $25 to the Texas Trees Foundation.
 
The trees planted by the Texas Trees Foundation help clean the air by absorbing pollution and producing oxygen. Their roots fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater and reduce storm water runoff pollution and sediment deposit in streams after storms.
 

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EVs For Trees helps Trees For Houston Re-green the City


Kingwood Observer
From Community Reports
September 12, 2012
Trees For Houston recently announced that they are partnering with Houston’s own eVgo network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on their EVs For Trees campaign to help raise money to replant trees lost during the devastating drought.
Now through Dec. 1, when someone test drives the 100 percent electric Mitsubishi or Nissan LEAF at a participating dealership in the Houston area, $25 will be donated to Trees For Houston.

 

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Electric Car Promotion Seeks to Replenish Texas Trees


San Antonio Business Journal
Mike W. Thomas
August 21, 2012

Record droughts and heavy tornado activity have wiped out more than 500 million trees across Texas, or about 10 percent of the state’s total, according to the Texas Forest Service.

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