Electric Vehicles

Element Hotel to Install EV Charging Station

July 24, 2009

LEXINGTON, MA - Starwood Hotels' Element Hotel in Lexington, Mass., has partnered with Carbon Day Automotive to install a ChargePoint Networked Charging Station - making it the first hotel in the industry to offer an electric vehicle charging station on-site, according to Hotel News Resource.

The ChargePoint Networked Charging Station, equipped with a universal plug-in for all kinds of electric vehicles including cars, buses, Segway scooters, and bikes, was developed by Coulomb Technologies and is distributed by Green Power Technologies.

Both guests and travelers in the area can simply swipe a keyfob, plug in, and charge up their electric vehicles at the station. Travelers will be able to locate the charging station and even determine whether it is currently unoccupied by using Google maps.

Element-brand hotels also provide preferred parking for drivers of hybrid or electric cars and 'bikes to borrow' for guests. With four Element hotels open to-date, Element is the only major hotel brand to mandate that its properties pursue the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

"By offering a charging station for electric vehicles, we are deepening our commitment to greener travel as a key part of an environmentally responsible lifestyle," said Brian McGuinness, senior vice president, Specialty-Select Brands, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Element and Carbon Day will share the cost for the station.

 

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