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February 2, 2013

Simon Property Group unveils ‘plug-in ecosystem’ at Clay Terrace

CARMEL, Ind. — Shoppers at Clay Terrace in Carmel not only can choose from an array of stores and restaurants, but now they also have the opportunity to minimize their carbon footprint. Simon Property Group, Toshiba Corporation, Duke Energy, ITOCHU Corporation, Tom Wood Automotive Group and Indiana’s ‘clean tech’ initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN) have teamed up to develop one of the most advanced charging stations in the world for plug-in cars, debuting Jan. 30.

Clay Terrace’s new vehicle charging station is integrated with solar panels and a battery storage system, creating a ‘plug-in ecosystem’ which uses renewable energy and a battery system to store surplus power for evenings and cloudy days.

The ‘plug-in ecosystem’ contains both traditional and ‘quick charge’ charging stations that are connected to a 10-kilowatt roof-mounted solar panel. The solar energy can be stored in the Toshiba 75-kilowatt lithium ion battery, located next to the charging system.

Customers may begin charging their plug-in vehicles located at the north end of the parking lot just north of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Currently the charging system is available to customers at no cost.

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