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EastBanc & Jamestown Opens Georgetown's 1st Electric Vehicle Charging Station
EastBanc & Jamestown Opens Georgetown's 1st Electric Vehicle Charging Station


From Matt Hagan:

Georgetown will become even more electrifying with the installation of an electric vehicle charging station that’s open for public use. EastBanc Inc., the D.C.-based commercial and residential real estate development company, and Jamestown, a leading real estate investment and management firm, announced today that they are opening an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at their 3307 M Street, NW Georgetown Renaissance property housed at the PMI Parking Garage located in the heart of Georgetown, which will be fully operational on Tuesday, December 13 and open to the public. The charging station is developed and produced by SemaConnect, a leading developer and producer of EV Charging Stations and sophisticated EV software for station owners and EV drivers. The SemaConnect system is the first electric vehicle charging station installed in Georgetown.

On Tuesday, December 13, EastBanc and Jamestown will unveil the new electric charging station just in time for the holiday shopping season rush. Electric car owners can simply drive into the M Street EV Charging Station and efficiently recharge their electric power-driven vehicle, which costs considerably less than purchasing a cup of coffee, while enjoying a shopping or dining visit in Georgetown. SemaConnect's ChargePro charging station recharges a Chevy Volt at approximately 2 cents per mile to drive on electricity, compared with12 cents per mile on gasoline at a price of $3.60 a gallon. As an added benefit, EastBanc and Jamestown are absorbing all charging costs for the first three months of operation. After the initial complimentary three-month period, the cost to charge electric vehicles at the charging station will run $0.50 - $1.50.

SemaConnect’s ChargePro™ charging stations are Level 2 (240 VAC/ 30 amps) and can charge all new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with a J1772 inlet.      

The need for convenient, public charging is growing fast as most major automakers are already producing electric cars, or will be in the near future. The early focus on EV infrastructure has been on installing charging equipment in homes and municipal garages. However, many urban locations don’t have access to home or garage units, and all EV drivers need to have the confidence they can find a charge if their battery runs low while they are on the road.

“This effort confirms our commitment to environmental improvement and efforts to help reduce the eco-impact of carbon dioxide emissions in Georgetown,” says Anthony Lanier, president of EastBanc. “Investing in this novel infrastructure not only benefits the air we breathe but favors sustainable practices as well.”

Specifically designed for commercial-grade applications, SemaConnect’s ChargePro charging station is a sleek, compact charging unit that is easily installed and integrated into developing and existing facilities at multifamily, office, retail, fleet and municipal parking locations.

This intelligent, network-based EV charging system features:

·         Smart card authentication – for open or restricted access.

·         Pay by Cell EV Charging – for easy quick and payment

·         Automatic billing/payment system – for convenient charging transactions.

·         Smart Grid Integration – for easy energy metering and demand response.

“Our ChargePro EV charging stations are safe, reliable and extremely easy to use,” said Mahi Reddy, CEO of SemaConnect.  “We’re building an electric infrastructure to encourage more drivers to feel confident about making the switch to electric.  Thanks to Jamestown and EastBanc, we’re that much closer to an electric reality in the District.” 

EastBanc and Jamestown’s Georgetown Renaissance is a unique collection of high-end retail properties in one of the premier retail locations in the Washington D.C. metro area, also including boutique office space and 16 luxury rental apartments. Georgetown Renaissance consists of over 300,000 square feet across 17 properties in Georgetown and one property in Alexandria, Va.