Effort Supports Maryland EV Infrastructure Program

ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 13, 2011 – St. John Properties, Inc., one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest privately-held commercial real estate firms, and SemaConnect, a leading developer and producer of smart networked electric vehicle charging stations and sophisticated electric vehicle (EV) station software, today unveiled several ChargePro EV charging stations at two of its business parks: St. John Properties’ corporate headquarters in Baltimore County, and Maple Lawn, a Class “A” business community in Howard County. An event will be held at St. John Properties’ headquarters (2560 Lord Baltimore Drive, Baltimore, MD 21244) on December 14 at 10:00am.

“Through Maryland’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program we’ve built a complete network of charging stations,” said Mahi Reddy, CEO of SemaConnect. “Companies such as St. John Properties make it possible for us to continue building this EV charging network in Maryland and bring Maryland to the forefront as one of the most sustainable states on the East Coast.”

The Maryland Energy Administration allocated approximately $600,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to aid the development and integration of electric transportation into Maryland’s transportation system. The investment resulted in the construction of 65 charging stations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, providing the necessary infrastructure to allow electric vehicle owners to travel throughout the region. The Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI) in partnership with SemaConnect is developing 55 electric charging stations.

“We are constantly looking for creative ways to incorporate sustainable products and techniques into everyday living, and we view the use of electrically-powered transportation as a rapidly emerging trend in the United States,” stated Jerry Wit, Senior Vice President, Marketing for St. John Properties. “Our employees and tenants, as well as visitors to our office buildings, now have the opportunity to recharge their electric charge batteries in a safe and trouble-free manner.”

The need for convenient, public charging is quickly emerging as most major automakers are producing electric cars, or intend to in the near future. The early focus on EV infrastructurehas been focused on installing charging equipment in homes and municipal garages. However, many commercial locations lack public charging.

St. John’s Maple Lawn includes three multi-story Class “A” offices buildings totaling over 285,000 square feet of space, with a fourth multi-story (100,000 square feet) due for delivery in Q4 2011. These top-notch properties feature attractive lobby environments and state-of-the-art mechanical and energy management systems. The office buildings enjoy easy access to the region’s extensive transportation network, low-cost fitness center access, nearby childcare and a full range of dining, shopping and personal services within walking distance, making it the perfect location for EV charging stations.

The ChargePro 620 is Level II (240VAC, 30Amps) and can recharge a Volt vehicle in three to four hours and a 100% electric Nissan Leaf car in approximately six to seven hours. It comes with a J1772 plug that enables all new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to recharge, made possible through the initiatives at the Society of Automotive Engineers. Specifically designed for commercial-grade applications, SemaConnect’s ChargePro Charging Station is an intelligent, network-based EV charging system with features such as:

  • Smart Card authentication – for open or restricted access.
  • Smart Grid Integration – for easy energy metering and demand response.
  • Automatic billing/payment system – for easy revenue generation.
  • Sustainability Reporting–easily report your electricity usage and fossil fuel offset.

About St. John Properties
St. John Properties, Inc., founded in 1971 as MIE Properties, owns and has developed more than 15 million square feet of R&D;/flex, office, retail and warehouse space in Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information about the company, visit www.sjpi.com.

About SemaConnect, Inc.
SemaConnect is a leading provider of electric vehicle charging stations and sophisticated software for station owners and electric vehicle drivers. Our ChargePro Charging Stations utilize CDMA and Zigbee Wireless technology and offer advanced features such as smart-grid integration, RFID card authentication, sustainability reporting and more. To purchase your charging station, contact us at 800-663-5633, or visit www.SemaConnect.com. Follow us on Twitter @SemaConnect and learn more about EV infrastructure on our YouTube Channel, SemaConnect.

Media Contact for St. John Properties:
Al Cunniff

Media Contact for SemaConnect:
Naly Yang