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Partridge Creek Retrofits Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to Meet Customer Demand

Electric vehicle owners are now able to plug into one of the two Level 2 Eaton charging stations at The Mall at Partridge Creek without having to contact mall security or use swipe cards.

Just one year after becoming the first regional shopping center in the state to offer electric vehicle charging stations, The Mall at Partridge Creek has enhanced its offering to meet the ever-increasing customer demand. 

"We have been pleasantly surprised by the number of uses today," said Seok Chung, marketing and sponsorship director for Partridge Creek. Chung estimates more than 20 cars use the stations every week, which is nearly five times as many cars as originally predicted.

Installed by CarPlug, a division of the Macomb Township-based LaBelle Electric, the two Level 2 Eaton charging stations are located in the lot across from Brio Tuscan Grille.

Offering a 240-volt charge, these stations promise to charge customers’ electric vehicles in less than half of the time compared to using a standard 110/120V electrical outlet. The 240-volt charge can fully charge a vehicle in just four hours.

Use of the chargers has been free to Partridge Creek customers since the installation in 2011.

At that time, the mall ordered 100 complimentary charging station swipe cards that allow users to activate the stations without having to contact customer service.

"We ordered 100 cards thinking that they would last us for at least a year," Chung said. "We guessed wrong and the last card was given away about a month after we started distribution."

Due to the popularity of the units, Chung said the mall has since retrofitted the charging stations to allow users to activate them without swipe cards. With the retrofit completed just this week, customers are now able to pull into the space, plug in and charge without the use of a card or calling security.

bruce parmenter October 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Level-2 Public EVSE as mentioned can offer 6.6kW because it is limited by a maximum of 32A through the EVSE. The EV and plug-in hybrid (pih) community call these public EVSE 6.6kW chargers because they are generally connected to a 208VAC power source (208VAC * 32A = ~6.6kW). Here is a video on how to use public EVSE (by Eaton) http://youtube.com/watch?v=cWg-M7ritXM How much power or how fast an EV or pih can recharge is dependent on 2 major points. The power source, and or the vehicle's on-board charging system. The EVSE only supplies the AC power to the vehicle. It is the vehicle's on-board charger that converts that AC to DC to recharge the vehicle's battery pack. The Eaton EVSE shown supplies 6.6kW for a ~4 hours to 100% but only if the vehicle has a 6.6kW on-board charger. The first generation Leaf EV does not. So, it is the vehicle's charging guts that only allow a 3kW charging rate or ~10 hours to charging to 100%. A Focus EV has a full power 6.6kW on-board charger and can recharge to 80% ~3 hours. For me, I will not buy an EV that does not have a 100+ mile range, a 6.6kW on-board charger, and an eco/long-distance mode switch (lets you go as far as possible with the EV). {brucedp.150m.com}
J. Aragone November 02, 2012 at 11:08 AM
I find the idea that there are two parking spots and the use of them 20 times combined weekly is proof this will not last as a technology. What a waste of space. Pure electric powered vehicles are a poor technology and cannot succeed on a large scale without decades more of innovation. The future is in hydrogen, however just like nuclear power Americans are going to be the last to the table continuing to use inefficient designs because of poor education and aged beliefs.
Bruce B January 08, 2013 at 11:58 PM
If I'm going to a mall to run errands, chances are I'll probably be 1 or 2 hrs (tops) so an L2 charger will replenish 16 or 32 miles for/into my Leaf which should be sufficient to get me back to wherever I came from. Incidentally, my 2012 Leaf has an 3.3 on-board charger and it only takes ~ 6 hrs to charge from empty and I seldom run it to empty. It can recharge to 80% in ~ 20 minutes using L3. As for the comment about a waste of parking space(s) - the article said 20 cars per wk and isn't clear whether each car is visiting several times a wk (each) so 20 X 4 = 80 etc.and those numbers are sure to go up as word gets around plus more people will buy EV's. Sounds like a good marketing move by the mall.
Robert Boyce February 17, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Agree with Bruce on the smart marketing. I live in GP and have been frustrated by lack of charging at Somerset. Now will gladly head to Partridge, plug in, shop, and enjoy some lunch while I get a full charge in about 3.5 hours. Perfect fit. Regarding J's comment, do you have a Gus's on the average amount if time each mall parking spot is used by standard cars? If 20 EVs a week use these spots, the average use is likely 2-3 hours, meaning 40-60 hours per week they are being used. Which likely means that there are more EVs attempting to use them, but can't because they are in use. A common problem at DTW, their stations are constantly occupied. Today driving between Birmingham and Grosse Pointe I saw five Volts. While not an immediate hit, these cars are being adopted, with little to no regret from the people that are buying them.

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