Kia Motors and Santa Monica’s Office of Environment and Sustainability on Hand as Shore Hotel Becomes the First Hotel in the United States to Install Intelligent Energy Storage Coupled With Fast DC EV Charging

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (April 20, 2015)– Celebrating Earth Month, Shore Hotel [Santa Monica, Calif.] today officially unveiled its Green Charge Networks intelligent energy storage system coupled with electric vehicle charging. Shore Hotel is a leader in sustainability among Santa Monica’s luxury hotels and the only newly-built LEED Gold certified hotel in the city. Shore Hotel is the first hotel in the United States to install an energy storage system coupled with fast DC EV charging, and the intelligent energy storage system, which is expected to save 50 percent in demand charges. The unveiling ceremony included a live demonstration featuring the new Kia Soul EV, a fast charging station and Green Charge’s intelligent energy storage.

“Kia Motors is proud to shine the spotlight on Shore Hotel today as they continue to add innovation and promote clean transportation by coupling energy storage with EV charging,” said Stephen Kosowski, Kia Motors America Manager, Long Range Planning and Strategy, Kia Motors America.

Intelligent Energy Storage in Santa Monica

Every time an EV is plugged in to a charging station, the electricity demand for a building spikes, which can leave businesses with high demand charges at the end of the month. Demand charges are part of every commercial electricity bill and are determined by the highest 15 minutes of use during a billing cycle. Even one sudden spike in energy usage can send monthly electric bills skyrocketing. Energy storage empowers businesses to better control their energy use and reduce their monthly electric costs.

About Shore Hotel

Opened in October 2011 in Santa Monica, just steps from the Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, and the city’s popular beaches and shopping districts, Shore Hotel is the newest addition to the coastline — a LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified property that offers eco-friendly accommodations with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Shore Hotel is the only newly built property in the city of Santa Monica with this elite status. The AAA Four Diamond property boasts an open-air, U-shaped design with stainless steel-clad trellis, outdoor “living room,” with pool, cocktail bar, water feature, and patio dining at Blue Plate Taco. Amenities on property include a fitness center, state-of-the-art meeting and special event space, a business center, a four-level underground parking lot, and superb access to year-round leisure activities in Santa Monica, as well as the city’s beaches. To make a reservation at the Shore Hotel, please visit or call 800.599.1515.

About Green Charge Networks (Green Charge)

Green Charge provides the easiest way to save energy costs for commercial and industrial businesses, municipalities and schools. Our award-winning solution delivers industry leading savings, up to 50 percent in demand charges. We provide risk-free financed energy storage and software that time-shifts power use, and optimizes electric vehicle charging, solar and energy efficiency measure. Founded in 2009 Green Charge is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with offices in NYC.



Anne Smith

Green Charge Networks, LLC




Ashley Rodgers

Shore Hotel