NRG eVgo Opening Four New Freedom Stations In Orange County


NRG eVgo Openning Four New Freedom Station

NRG eVgo Freedom Station

NRG eVgo, together with Simon Property Group, is adding four new fast charging stations in Orange County, California announcing triumphantly: Hey, California, did you know we have the largest fast charge network in Orange County?”

Four new Freedom Stations were (or rather, still are) installed at The Shops at Mission Viejo, Brea Mall, Westminster Mall and The Outlets at Orange.

Currently, NRG eVgo is using CHAdeMO DC fast chargers, and AC J1772 Level 2 EV, butĀ Freedom Stations can be upgraded with an SAE Combo charger “as more EVs with that charging standard become available”.

Ron Hanson, Vice President of Operational Efficiency for Simon stated:

“Our growing network of state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging stations at our shopping centers shows our commitment to delivering a more sustainable shopping experience that is also convenient for our customers. Adding charging stations to popular destinations such as The Shops at Mission Viejo, Brea Mall, Westminster Mall and The Outlets at Orange illustrates the many opportunities we have as a company to incorporate sustainable practices into our day-to-day operations.”

Terry O’Day, Vice President of NRG eVgo commented:

“The NRG eVgo Freedom Station sites at The Shops at Mission Viejo, Brea Mall, Westminster Mall and The Outlets at Orange have enabled NRG eVgo to become the largest fast charge network in Orange County, and we continue to grow our comprehensive charging network for electric car drivers in California. Partnering with Simon on these Freedom Station sites in Orange County also connects San Diego to Los Angeles and Ventura along the NRG eVgo network, making it even easier for Californians to choose an electric car for their next purchase.”

Rather funny is that in press release from June, NRG eVgo stated that station will be ready in May:

“The Shops at Mission Viejo’s Freedom Station is slated to open at the end of May, and will be located in the parking lot between Forever 21 and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.”

The Outlets at Orange’s Freedom Station was opened in April at the parking lot near Neiman Marcus Last Call and Burke William’s Day Spa.

Two other locations will be ready this month:

“Brea Mall is looking to open its Freedom Station in early June, and will be located in the parking lot near California Pizza Kitchen, on the south side of the newly renovated center.”

“The Freedom Station at Westminster Mall is expected to open in mid-June, and will be located in the parking lot near DSW, between Sears and JCPenney, on the northeast side of the mall.”

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6 Comments on "NRG eVgo Opening Four New Freedom Stations In Orange County"

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Malls seem like a great place for charging stations. Even Level 2 provides benefits for those who will visit for a few hours. It will be interesting to see how these locations do.

Please, please, please, eVgo, stop installing a single QC and a single L2 at each location.

It’s only barely better than nothing in terms of providing dependable charging infrastructure.

Two QC plugs and 3-4 L2 plugs would serve plug-in owners a LOT better, provide much more dependable infrastructure as well as being capable of charging many more cars while providing the same level of service (odds that you will arrive at a site and find all plugs occupied).

See this thread on TMC to see how the Erlang-B model demonstrates how much more efficient adding more stations to a single location is:

Tesla has a store in the Brea Mall next to Bose.

Orange county? Really? Are you gonna fill Fresno next?

Orange County has the 3rd highest number of rebates for the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

Fresno is not in the top 15 counties.

What is interesting is that these people who are building these new charging stations are planning to build in Denver Colorado and Georgia along with Chicago and Miami. In that they were opening up several new offices in these cities to build DC fast chargers.

The reason why they are doing this is I was looking at seeing if I could get a job with them picking out charging station locations in Central Virginia. In that I know a hundred or so locations in Central Virginia that would be prefect for a DC fast charger.