La Palmera Unveils New Tesla Charging Station

Only publicly available Tesla High Power Connector in the Texas Coastal Bend region

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (February 10, 2015) – Drivers of the Tesla Model S electric vehicle are now able to plug in at La Palmera with the unveiling of the car company’s High Power Connector, the first, and currently only, free public destination charging location in the Coastal Bend region.

The connector, which supplies twice the amperage of a 240V electrical outlet, will add 58 miles of range to the Model S in one hour.

There are more than 50,000 Model S vehicles on the road worldwide, and roughly 2,500 in Texas. Currently there are dozens of destination charging locations like La Palmera, with the next closest Texas locations in Houston and San Antonio. The High Power Connector, similar to those installed by Tesla owners for home use, will fully charge a Model S to a range of 256 miles in five hours. Tesla also has five Superchargers in Texas, which provide a full charge to a Model S in under an hour.

“We are pleased to be working with Tesla on this project and are excited to be part of their growing network of charging locations,” said La Palmera General Manager Fred Walters. “As a destination charging station, we will be providing a service not only to our shoppers and local owners, but to Tesla owners traveling in our state as well, who have all been waiting for a charging station in the Coastal Bend region.”

“Our growing Supercharger network has inspired Model S owners to hit the road in increasing numbers,” said Tesla Communications Manager Alexis Georgeson. “Owners can drive all day, charging for 30-40 minutes at Superchargers, and then stop at night to stay at one of the many hotels and resorts that have installed Tesla High Power Wall Connectors. By offering convenient destination charging services to Model S owners, La Palmera is replicating the convenience our owners have become accustomed to at home.”

La Palmera also offers a traditional charger for other model electric vehicles. The stations are located adjacent to mall’s exterior wall in the parking area between JCPenney and Macy’s off McArdle Road, and are marked with signage and wall graphics. Drivers will pull into one of the two designated parking spaces for charging and simply plug in the appropriate connector. The chargers are available free of charge during regular mall hours on a first come, first served basis.

Specially marked ‘E’ parking spaces for fuel-efficient and low-emitting vehicles are also available, located near mall entrances.

For more information on La Palmera, go online to www.lapalmera.com, visit us on Facebook, or call (361) 991-3755.

ABOUT LA PALMERA

Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, La Palmera is a 1-million square foot super-regional mall with more than 100 retail and restaurant tenants including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, P.F. Chang’s and Coach. Acquired in July 2008 by IMI and Trademark Property, La Palmera is the first mall to be awarded LEED® Silver for Core and Shell 2.0 established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mall features a 600-seat food court with a 4,500-gallon feature aquarium and a children’s ocean-themed play area. For more information on La Palmera, go to www.lapalmera.com; or call (361) 991-3755.