Simon Property Group and NRG eVgo Unveil New Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Carlsbad Premium Outlets

  Simon Property Group and NRG eVgo Unveil New Electric Vehicle Charging
  Station at Carlsbad Premium Outlets

     New Freedom Station® Expands Reach of the NRG eVgo Charging Network,
Supporting San Diego EV Drivers from Carlsbad to California’s Southern Border

Business Wire

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- February 4, 2014

Today, Simon Property Group, a leader in the global retail real estate
industry, and NRG eVgo (ee-vee-go), a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., announce
the opening of the first Freedom Station® in the City of Carlsbad, California.

NRG eVgo Freedom Station for electric car charging (Photo: Business Wire)

NRG eVgo Freedom Station for electric car charging (Photo: Business Wire)

The Freedom Station, located at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets®, features a
480-volt direct current (DC) fast charger that enables electric vehicle (EV)
drivers, who are shopping and visiting, to recharge their vehicles in 30
minutes or less, as well as a traditional 240-volt alternating current (AC)
charger that can charge virtually all electric vehicles. Simon Property Group
is a long-time industry leader in incorporating energy management and
sustainability practices into its mall operations. Supporting the needs of
energy-conscious consumers is part of the company’s sustainability strategy,
as shoppers can plug in at 100 stations at 43 of Simon’s shopping destinations
across the U.S. Comprised of more than 90 stores and covering more than
288,000 square feet, the Carlsbad Premium Outlets are located north of San
Diego, Calif., at 5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008. The Freedom
Station is located in the parking lot between Starbucks and Rubio’s.

The Freedom Station in Carlsbad, part of a growing network of Freedom Station
sites in California with 19 now open or under construction, is one of eight
eVgo public charging stations located within 30 miles of San Diego, giving EV
drivers new freedom and range confidence so they can maximize the use of their
EVs in the greater San Diego area.

“As a top tourism destination and technology hub, located between San Diego
and Los Angeles, the city of Carlsbad is the perfect location for a recharging
station,” said Matt Hall, Mayor of the city of Carlsbad, Calif. “With the
opening of this eVgo Freedom Station, Carlsbad becomes a top destination for a
new audience – electric car drivers – who want to enjoy our beautiful beaches,
top notch shopping and dining, and active Southern California coastal
lifestyle. It’s the perfect addition to our world class city.”

“Whether shoppers come to us as a destination or as a delightful excursion on
their way through Carlsbad, we work hard to create a welcoming atmosphere
where their every shopping need is met,” said Terri Mannes, General Manager,
Carlsbad Premium Outlets. “We are thrilled to offer an eVgo Freedom Station to
Carlsbad shoppers because it reinforces our commitment to providing an
unparalleled shopping experience and to integrating sustainable solutions into
our properties.”

“NRG eVgo is committed to making driving an electric car easy for California
drivers by developing an extensive charging ecosystem that is designed to meet
their diverse needs,” said Terry O’Day, vice president for NRG eVgo in
California. “With charging options at your home, apartments and work combined
with on-the-go charging in cities such as Carlsbad, our mission is to make it
even easier to choose and drive electric.”

Building on the growing eVgo Freedom Station charging network in San Diego
with sites now open or under construction in the cities of San Diego, Del Mar,
Chula Vista and Escondido, the Carlsbad charging station features a 480-volt
DC Fast Charger, that can deliver up to an 80 percent charge in less than 30
minutes, as well as a 240-volt Level 2 charger to serve electric vehicles that
do not have a fast charging option. Level 2 chargers deliver range at a rate
of 12 – 25 miles of range per hour of charge. Freedom Station sites are also
wired for the addition of a second DC charger to allow new technology to be
quickly added to the site. Most sites are available 24/7 and are positioned
near retail stores as well as restaurants to provide EV drivers with the
option to charge while shopping or eating.

NRG eVgo is building a network of more than 200 Freedom Station charging sites
as well as the infrastructure to support Level 2 charging at multi-family
residences and workplaces throughout the state of California. The Freedom
Station network is just one part of the NRG eVgo ecosystem designed for EV
drivers to get the most out of their vehicles by providing simple charging
solutions at home, at apartments, at work, at the airport and on the go. By
the end of 2016, the Freedom Station network will support California EV
drivers in the Los Angeles Basin, San Diego Area, San Francisco Bay Area, and
the San Joaquin Valley.

About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. 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

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 California, Texas and the greater
Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To find out more, or to join the eVgo
network, visit Connect with eVgo on Facebook and follow us on
Twitter @nrgevgo.

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