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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Car Charging Group (OTCBB: CCGI) Partners With Federal Realty Investment Trust to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Retail Sites Nationwide

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - December 20, 2011 (Investorideas.com Newswire) - Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCBB:CCGI.OB), a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, and Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) announced today a partnership to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Federal Realty's portfolio of 18.6 million square feet of high quality retail assets in strategically selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and California.
"Besides the obvious environmental benefits, a big advantage of electric cars will be the ability to conveniently fuel your vehicle when you're already stopped somewhere on your daily routine," said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of Car Charging Group. "Because of its prime locations across the nation, Federal Realty's unique retail and mixed use destinations serve as popular gathering places within the communities, making them perfect locations to top off your EV battery while you shop or dine."
During the first phase of the program, EV charging stations will be installed at the following Federal Realty Investment Trust properties:
  • Santana Row in San Jose, California
  • Bethesda Row in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Congressional Plaza and Rockville Town Square in Rockville, Maryland
  • Pentagon Row and The Village at Shirlington in Arlington, Virginia
At these locations, Car Charging Group will install Level II, 240-volt, EV charging stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, the leading EV charging solutions company. Users will have access to the ChargePoint(R) Network, the largest global online network connecting EV drivers to unoccupied charging stations. Car Charging Group will provide its customers with flexible payment options, and the ability to make reservations, as well as track customer usage patterns, energy use, costs and revenues, all via the ChargePoint Network's cloud-based software service plans for managing EV charging operations. Through the network, EV drivers benefit from ChargePoint mobile apps (iPhone, Blackberry and Android), mapping services and driver support services.
"Federal Realty is committed to running our business in a socially responsible manner that balances our consideration for the environment with creating long-term value for our shareholders," said Mike Kelleher, director of asset management of Federal Realty. "The partnership with Car Charging Group to install EV charging stations is the next step in the continual greening of our operations, which already includes the creation of biofuels through recycled oil and grease waste from restaurants at our Bethesda Row mixed-use development, LEED certifications at many of our recent developments as well as numerous energy efficiencies and minimized usage of natural resource at a number of properties throughout the portfolio."
"This is an exciting partnership as it further expands our nationwide EV charging network," said Brian Golomb, director of sales for Car Charging Group, Inc. "These are also high-profile properties, which will bring even further awareness to the importance of EVs in the evolving U.S. transportation system."
About Car Charging Group, Inc.:
Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCBB: CCGI.OB), headquartered in Miami, Florida, is the pioneer and one of the nation's fastest growing providers of EV charging services. Our ultimate mission is to establish a nationwide infrastructure, enabling EV and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) owners to charge their EVs anytime, anywhere in North America and ultimately Europe and Asia. Our strategy is to be a "first in" strategic partner with businesses, municipalities, shopping malls, parking garages, multi-family residential and commercial properties, and others who are expected to have high numbers of EVs at their locations. After strategically assessing the most suitable and visible locations with our facility partners, we install and maintain the EV charging stations at no cost to our partners. Our partners benefit by sharing in the revenue generated from the EV charging stations while enhancing green initiatives throughout their business operations. Since we launched operations in 2009, we have developed contractual relationships with 29 leading partners that own more than 6.4 million parking spots. More than one million plug-in electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF, GM Chevrolet Volt, Fisker Karma, Tesla Model S, Ford Focus EV as well as many others, are expected to be on the road in the U.S. by 2015 with estimates calling for more than 40 million on the road worldwide in 2030. For more information about Car Charging Group, Inc., please visit www.CarCharging.com.
About Federal Realty
Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management and redevelopment of high quality retail assets. Federal Realty's portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) contains approximately 18.6 million square feet located primarily in strategically selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California. In addition, the Trust has an ownership interest in approximately 1.0 million square feet of retail space through a joint venture in which the Trust has a 30% interest. Our operating portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) was 93.3% leased to national, regional, and local retailers as of September 30, 2011, with no single tenant accounting for more than approximately 2.6% of annualized base rent. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 44 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty is an S&P MidCap 400 company and its shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For more information, please visit www.federalrealty.com.
Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement:
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Contact:
Investor Relations and Media Contact:
For Car Charging Group, Inc.
Kevin S. Inda
Corporate Communications, Inc. (CCI)
kevin.inda@cci-ir.com
407-566-1180

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