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eVgo Launches First Electric Car Location with Both Quick-Charge Standards

Nicole Capretz, director of environmental policy, City of San Diego, at the unveiling of the first NRG eVgo Freedom Station in Southern California. Lee Krevat from SDGE and George Caraghiaur from Simon Property Group pulled off the wraps.

The first fast charger in the country featuring the new SAE combination plug was installed by NRG eVgo Monday in San Diego ahead of the opening of the Plug-In 2013 conference and expo. The charging station, located in the parking lot the Fashion Valley mall, also includes a CHAdeMO DC fast-charging connection and a J1772 Level 2 charger.

“I could see that transportation was going electric. We wanted to be ahead of the curve,” George Caraghiaur, senior vice president, sustainability for Simon Property Group Inc. told PluginCars.com. Simon Property Group owns the Fashion Valley mall.

San Diego is home to some 6,000 plug-in vehicles including a number of low-speed neighborhood vehicles, according to Simon Properties. The SAE Combo Plug integrates one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, and DC-charging at home and ultra-fast DC charging at public stations into one vehicle inlet. Eight automakers from Europe and the U.S. cooperated in the plug’s creation. It was launched in 2012.

Currently, only one plug-in electric vehicle sold in the U.S., the Chevrolet Spark EV, is compatible with the combo-plug. Production of the Spark EV with the combo cord charging inlet began today, GM spokesman Kevin Kelly told PluginCars.com.
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