ORANGE COUNTY, CA—Customers gravitate toward businesses withgood sustainability practices, like malls thatoffer vehicle-charging stations, Ron Hanson, VP ofoperational efficiency for Simon Property Group.As GlobeSt.com reported last week, Simon and and NRGeVgo, a subsidiary of NRG EnergyInc., are installing electric-car fast-chargingFreedom Station sites at four Orange County Simonshopping centers: the Shops at Mission Viejo,Brea Mall, Westminster Mall andthe Outlets at Orange. The stations can rechargeshoppers' vehicles in 30 minutes or less, and they encouragecustomers to linger at least 30 minutes longer at the centers thancustomers without electric vehicles.

GlobeSt.com caught up with Hanson to discuss the importance ofthe Freedom Stations and what's next in terms of service in retailcenters.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.