The next time you find yourself dining or shopping at Station Square on Pittsburgh's South Side and your electric car needs a charge, you don't have to worry about getting home.
Forest City Enterprises, the company which owns Station Square, has partnered with Car Charging Group (CCG) to install an electric car charging station that is now operational. This is the latest car charging center in the Pittsburgh area. There are plug-in stations at some Giant Eagle supermarkets, UPMC hospitals as well as Whole Foods in Wexford.
Shelley Yugar, Director of Marketing for Station Square, said it’s another step in the city’s effort to be more sustainable. “For sure, it’s a tenant amenity that is perfect for that property with the options that are available there: the travelers, obviously, the tourists that come in, the mixed use of the property, also with office tenants,” Yugar said.
Customers who use the 240 volt charging ports will have flexible payment options, be charged $2.49 an hour, and have and the ability to make reservations. They will also have access to the ChargePoint Network, a group of independently-owned stations. That network also offers ChargePoint mobile apps, which provide mapping and drive support services and are compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices.
Yugar said as more people drive electric cars, it is important for properties to tailor to those who are “environmentally conscious”. “In an effort to help accommodate patrons that are more sustainable themselves, we’re making it easier for them to fuel up,” Yugar said.
The charging stations are located on the first floor of the Station Square parking garage.