January 11, 2011

South Coast Plaza – EV Chargers

South Coast Plaza, the swanky mega-mall located in Orange County, recently installed a Coulomb network charging station alongside an already-installed Clipper Creek CS-40 charger. Both charging stations are located side-by-side in an underground parking structure beneath the Crate and Barrel Home Store at 3333 Bear Street in Costa Mesa.  Mall partner and general manager Anton Segerstrom, who spoke at a ribbon cutting ceremony, plans to install more charging stations as ever more electric vehicles hit the road later this year. This southern California luxury mall is reportedly the very first shopping center in the US to install a ChargePoint networked charging station.

The Coulomb charging station was honored, highlighted and flashed impressively during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 24th. Local officials were joined by actor / environmental and electric vehicle activist Ed Begley, Jr. who congratulated the mall on becoming part of the new Coloumb charging station network and expressed the hope that other malls and businesses will look to South Coast Plaza as a charging station leader and will also plug into a charging station network.

My Tesla roadster, as well as Orange County resident Mark Cross’s roadster, had the privilege of being the two very first electric cars to get a charge out of the Plaza’s new charging station. Enid Joffe of Clean Fuel Connection — which will provide support for the Coulomb charger — plugged MINI E # 205 into the Clipper Creek charger and was later joined by Stefano Paris’s MINI E # 259.  PIA members Doug Korthof and Lisa Rosen parked their legacy 100,000-mile RAV4 EVs near the charging action.  PIA board member Richard Kelly with camera in hand and family in tow also joined the celebration.

Read The Full Story at: Plug In America

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