Hotels, Municipalities Rate Among EV Charging Early Adopters

The White Mountains and Mount Washington Valley – some of New Hampshire’s most scenic areas will soon be within reach of EV and hybrid Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV) drivers, thanks to a pilot program launched by the New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC).

Partnering with a group of its commercial business members, NHEC’s EV charging station build-out has added seven EV charging stations to the state’s network. There are some 13 Type II EV charging stations available for public use in the state, with less than half of those located north of Concord, Gary Lemay, NHEC renewable energy engineer and manager of the pilot program told an AP reporter.

When it comes to EV charging stations, hotels and resorts are proving to be ready early adopters. “Electric vehicle charging stations are becoming a familiar site at hotel properties across the Coachella Valley,” The Desert Sun reporter Skip Descant writes in a July 18 news report. The Ace Hotel and Swim Club, for example, recently installed two Tesla Superchargers, and the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells now has two EV charging of its own. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort in Rancho Mirage has two 220-volt and several 110-volt EV charging areas.

When it comes to EV charging stations, the road is still wide open. Offered as a complimentary service at present, initial results indicate that hotel EV charging station installations yield good publicity, and that “green cred” can carry over and translate into a competitive edge.

“We have two stations in our valet lot for the past six years,” Aftab Dada, general manager for the Hilton Palm Springs, told The Desert Sun. “We used to allow even non-registered guests to plug in and charge the vehicles at no cost, however the demand has increased drastically since the past nine months, that starting Jan. 1, 2014 we only allow our registered guests only. I observe the two units being occupied all the time, specifically on weekends.”

In a 2012 study, researchers at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs projected that 100,000 EVs will be on the road in California by 2015, and that the state’s EV population will treble by 2019.

Municipalities are getting in on the action as well. Palm Springs has installed over 30 EV charging stations, including at public parking garages, the Palm Springs Civic Center, the Palm Springs International Airport and the city’s public library. The municipal charging stations are free to the public, though the city is considering instituting a pay-per-use model.

Green Charge recognizes the important role EV charging stations can have in the emerging clean, distributed energy mix. Plugged into Green Charge’s GreenStationTM alongside other electric loads, electricity demand from EV charging stations and other load factors — lighting, heating and air conditioning — can be optimized and the risks associated with spikes averted.

California municipalities, including the cities of Lancaster and Redwood City, are joining national retail chains and industrial businesses in signing Green Charge’s Power Efficiency AgreementsSM (PEAsSM) and deploying our GreenStationTM intelligent energy management solution. Given the economic, as well as social and environmental benefits, of such combined clean energy-energy efficiency initiatives, we firmly believe this trend has legs, and we’re committed to adding to the momentum.