The Daily Lens – Malibu Country Mart Dedicates Free EV Charging Station

THE MALIBU COUNTRY MART UNVEILS ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATION – Continuing the commitment to eco-friendly practices and the environment

MALIBU, Calif., August 1, 2011 – The Malibu Country Mart, known as one of Southern California’s premiere retail centers, continues its on-going commitment to eco-conscious practices and is proud to announce that it has installed its first electric vehicle charger at the center. The new charging station will give guests the opportunity to recharge – both literally and figuratively – at the Malibu Country Mart.

The new electric vehicle charger, which is compatible with the current generation of electric cars, including the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the all-electric CODA, is located next to Ralph Lauren, just off of Cross Creek Road, and will be free for visitors to use.

“Installing the charger speaks to our philosophy that by utilizing as many sustainable practices as possible, we will continue to have a positive impact in our community of Malibu and beyond,” said Michael Koss, General Partner of the Malibu Country Mart.

The new electric vehicle charging station will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 20 at 2:00 p.m. Headlining and speaking will be actor and eco-advocate Ed Begley, Jr. co-star of the Planet Green series “Living with Ed,” Paul Scott, Co-Founder of Plug In America and Nissan Leaf Specialist, Rod Bergen, President of Solar West International, Paul Glenney, Director of EV Solutions Aerovironment and Michael Koss of the Malibu Country Mart. A reception with live music and food from Howdy’s and John’s Garden will immediately follow.

Additionally, there will be an outdoor showroom featuring the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, CODA and Telsa, for those who are interested in learning more about the new wave of electric vehicles.

“Some drivers of electric vehicles might feel ‘range anxiety’ and have concerns about venturing too far from home,” said Julie Labin, Director of Sustainability at the Malibu Country Mart. “Our new charging station will allow Southern Californians a place to stop along the coast, without concern about running out of battery capacity along the way.”

The new electric vehicle car charging station is just one piece of the Malibu Country Mart’s Green Initiative Program, which includes a comprehensive composting and recycling program, the use of drought-tolerant succulents and native vegetation, plant-based biodegradable cleaning products and participation in a biofuels program where grease from restaurants is turned into biodiesel fuel.

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About the Malibu Country Mart
The Malibu County Mart encompasses six acres of prime real estate in the heart of Malibu. Its 90,000 square feet of high-end retail, dining and service offerings are housed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Mediterranean, modern and rustic influences. The structures are complimented by world-class gardens, unique sculptures, outdoor dining and picnic areas and the popular children’s playground. Additionally, the Malibu County Mart is leading the trend in Malibu in eco-friendly practices, from a chemical-free sandbox in the children’s playground to being the first commercial property to participate in the Geo Green Biofuels Program.


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