Delaware Public Media

EV chargers now available at Rehoboth outlets

Jul 21, 2015

Electric vehicle owners visiting Rehoboth Beach can now find some relief for their range anxiety, thanks to new charging stations at the Tanger Outlets.

Tanger’s Bayside, Surfside and Seaside locations on Route 1 now each four electric vehicle charging stations.  Each one is a level 1 charging station, which for Nissan Leafs, can charge four and a half miles per hour.

Since each station sits between two parking spaces, up to eight cars can charge up per location.

Amy Norgate, general manager of the Rehoboth Beach outlets, says this development will be very convenient for the growing number of customers who own electric vehicles.

“It will make it convenient for the regional customer or tourist--somebody that might just be a visiting the Delmarva peninsula," said Norgate. "They’ll look on the networks to see where they can charge an electric vehicle and see this is another location they can do that.”

Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach is now be among 23 Tanger locations nationwide providing these charging stations, as a part of the company’s ongoing initiative to reduce its carbon footprint.

Norgate says the company is also looking at the possibility of installing solar panels at the Rehoboth locations, but the timeline has yet to be determined.

She adds they’ve already upgraded lighting fixtures as part of their efforts to be more green.

We have been improving that to try and better manage electricity expenses at the center and better hedge possible increases in utility rates so that’s something we’re always looking at,” said Norgate.

The installation of these EV car charging stations contributes to Delaware’s expanding electric vehicle network. Earlier this spring, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry opened two new charging stations at their Lewes Terminal.

Charging an electric vehicle can often take hours, which makes places like shopping malls and restaurants ideal places to build charging stations, according to research from University of Delaware.