High Speed Electric Vehicle Charging Station Announced by Hilton San Francisco Financial District; Among the First in the Country

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This is the first high speed (Level II) electric vehicle charging station at a commercial location in San Francisco. Charging convenience is critical to widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and important to the success of models forthcoming from GM, Nissan, and other major manufacturers. This high speed charging station, located at the Hilton San Francisco Financial district and manufactured by ParkPod, LLC, is among the first of its kind in the United States.

“The first high speed installation at a commercial location is particularly significant because, above all, charging has to be convenient... where drivers already do business: where they shop, eat, relax, sleep.

Hilton San Francisco Financial District (http://www.sanfranciscohiltonhotel.com), ParkPod, LLC, (http://www.parkpod.com), and Ace Parking (http://www.aceparking.com) are pleased to announce the successful installation of San Francisco’s first high speed electric vehicle charging station (Level II) open to the public at a non-government location. Beginning immediately, electric vehicle owners will be able to charge at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District Hotel at 750 Kearny Street.

Until now, most charging stations have been publicly financed and installed at government-owned locations. Rainer Genschel, ParkPod’s co-Chief Executive Officer, noted, “The first high speed installation at a commercial location is particularly significant because, above all, charging has to be convenient. ParkPod’s aim is to make sure that charging stations are located where drivers already do business: where they shop, eat, relax, and sleep.”

ParkPod, LLC, a maker of electric vehicle charging systems based in San Francisco and Germany, focuses on creating real business value from electric vehicle charging. While emphasizing the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, ParkPod primarily allows parking hosts—hotels, retailers, commercial real estate owners—to capitalize on the opportunity to provide car charging to their customers. The company’s sleek designs allow companies to choose a look that works for their customers, and a sophisticated software platform easily integrates with companies’ existing systems, rather than expecting drivers to buy third-party subscriptions.

Hilton San Francisco Financial District and Ace Parking are preparing for the consumer demand that will accompany the release of new electric vehicle models from manufacturers like GM and Nissan. Genschel continued, “Hilton Hotels and Ace Parking understand the market changes that are coming and have responded positively. A lot of businesses are poised to invest in EV infrastructure, but Hilton and Ace are
pioneers here in San Francisco – an epicenter of the American electric vehicle industry.”

“As a green hotel, hosting the city’s first commercial location level II charger is an honor, and an added value to our guests. We are proud to partner with ParkPod, and look forward to watching the electric vehicle community grow.” – Kevin O’Brien, General Manager, Hilton San Francisco Financial District

“Ace Parking is extremely excited to partner with ParkPod. This system helps us to further our commitment to going green and offer the same technology and opportunity to our parkers”, said Matt Griesheimer, Ace Parking’s Vice President.

ParkPod, LLC, Hilton San Francisco Financial District, and Ace Parking will hold a formal launch event in October.

Background: Electric Vehicle Adoption. Several of manufacturers, including Toyota, GM, Nissan, and Ford, are planning to release plug-in electric vehicles in the coming months. According to Pike Research (http://www.pikeresearch.com/), annual sales of Plug-in Electric Vehicles in the U.S. will grow to nearly 285,000 units by 2015. Globally, more than 3.1 million EVs will be sold between 2010 and 2015.

About:

Hilton San Francisco Financial District is ideally located at the crossroads of the Financial District, North Beach and Chinatown. This diverse area is just steps away from the city’s most popular attractions, fine international cuisine and premium shopping. Soaring 27 stories over the 'City by the Bay', this landmark hotel offers stunning panoramic views, and the perfect setting for business or leisure travel. For reservations,
call 1-800-424-8292 or visit http://www.sanfranciscohiltonhotel.com.

ParkPod, LLC (http://www.parkpod.com), based in California and Germany, is a provider of electric vehicle charging solutions to private industry clientele. Founded in 2009, the company is currently announcing partnerships with major commercial customers.

Ace Parking Management, Inc (a California Corporation) was founded in 1950 and is one of the largest privately held parking companies in the country. Headquartered in San Diego, Ace Parking manages over 450 locations throughout six states, servicing nearly 200,000 customers per day. Our operations generate revenues exceeding 370 million.

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