Electric vehicle chargers open at Edgewater Mall

Electric vehicle chargers open at Edgewater Mall

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Mississippi Power is partnering with Edgewater Mall on eight Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations to increase EV awareness and provide another convenient charging location for customers.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Wednesday at the mall parking garage coinciding with National Drive Electric Week.

The Level 2, 240V chargers can provide 70 miles of range per hour of charging.

“With the cost of electric transportation coming down and the battery range extending, there’s an increasing need for charging stations,” said Rose Ann Pegoda, Marketing team leader. “We’re partnering with Edgewater Mall on this forward-thinking, environmentally conscious initiative.”

These EV charging stations add to the 21 public chargers located along the Coast and more than 110 statewide.

“We’re happy to partner with Mississippi Power on these charging stations because EVs are the future,” said Terry Powell, Edgewater Mall manager. “The technology has improved and made EVs more economically feasible for people to own. This event not only raises awareness and promotes the use of EVs, but it also provides a safe, convenient charging location for our customers.”

Mississippi Power has partnered in the addition of other EV charging stations, including the first Tesla Supercharger in the service territory at Bonita Lakes Mall in Meridian.

The company also worked with the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino through the Tesla Destination Charging Program to install four chargers at that resort.

Currently Mississippi Power’s fleet of 10 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid EVs are being used throughout the service territory by company employees.

“With lower costs and less range anxiety for potential owners, we should see more EVs on the road and possibly in company parking lots,” Pegoda said. “EVs are fun to drive and more economical than gasoline vehicles. They’re also better for the environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

She added that EV drivers can find charging stations through the PlugShare app available for download on most mobile devices.

For more information on electric vehicles, log onto mississippipower.com/ev.

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