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EVgo Opens 900th U.S. Fast Charger at Simon's Opry Mills®

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, and Simon Property Group, a global retail real estate company, today announced that they have officially opened EVgo's 900th fast charger in the United States, at Opry Mills® in Nashville, Tennessee.

The completed station at 433 Opry Mills Drive includes two (2) 480V Fast Chargers manufactured by BTC Power.  Each one can deliver a 50 kilowatt charge at the same time, which provides 80% State of Charge in 30 minutes, or about 150 miles of range per hour.

"Our commitment to building a great experience for EV drivers is on full display at Opry Mills®," said Terry O'Day, Vice President, Product Strategy and Market Development at EVgo. "EVgo's 900th fast charger location offers exceptional retail shopping and dining to give drivers options while they utilize the fastest public chargers on the market.  It is also an important milestone for EVgo demonstrating rapid growth.  By providing better service at faster speeds in more great places, EVgo is opening new markets for electric cars."

"As Simon's growing network of state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging stations expands in the U.S., it continues to illustrate our commitment to delivering a more sustainable shopping experience that is also convenient for our guests," said Mona Benisi, Senior Director of Sustainability at Simon.  "Adding car charging stations underscores the many opportunities we have as a company to incorporate sustainable practices into our day-to-day operations."

EVgo provides the best customer experience in EV charging, supporting all public charging standards with the fastest-available public charging.  By owning and operating its stations, EVgo is able to meet the high standards of partners like Simon Property Group.

  • On an average week EVgo charges up to 380,000 miles and saves 15,500 gallons of gasoline from being used.
  • A single EVgo charger can charge 48 cars in a 24-hour period, if each vehicle is plugged in for 30 minutes, which provides up to 80% charge in most EVs on the road today.
  • EVgo offers exemplary service by owning and operating its own charging stations, something competitors can't offer.
  • EVgo utilizes a variety of flexible charging solutions including pay-as-you-go, low-cost membership charging plans and unlimited charging plans for customers of partner OEMs, including BMW, Nissan and Ford.

EVgo offers dual chargers that cover all EVs, utilizing both CHAdeMO and CCS standards. EVgo's DC Fast chargers provide approximately 150 miles of range per hour at a charging rate of 50kW. In comparison to other EV charging options, such as wall outlets and Level 2, DC Fast is one of the fastest charging methods available today. Standard wall outlets charge at 120 volts and provide drivers with just six miles of range per hour. Level 2 chargers, or J1772, give drivers 12-24 miles of range per hour at 240 volts, making DC Fast charging multitudes faster and more convenient for drivers looking to extend the range of their EV.

EVgo now operates 900 fast chargers in over 600 locations nationwide, covering the metropolitan areas where 90% of new electric cars are sold.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG).  Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales.  To view Simon's Sustainability Report, visit simon.com.

About EVgo
EVgo leads America's electric vehicle revolution. Our mission: Build the nation's largest EV charging network while improving the planet and boosting the economy. We put the right chargers in the right places. Together we unite the EV movement for all, making it unstoppable. EVgo provides access to hundreds of public charging sites across the United States. To find out more, or to join the EVgo network, visit www.evgo.com. Connect with EVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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SOURCE Simon Property Group, Inc.

Maria Weber, Simon, 317-263-7191, maria.weber@simon.com; Breanna Buhr / Brian Alexander, JMPR Public Relations, (818) 992-4353, bbuhr@jmprpublicrelations.com, balexander@jmprpublicrelations.com