Monday, November 7, 2011

Chattanooga Hotel Adds EV Charging Stations

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.—The Residence Inn Chattanooga near Hamilton Place, among Chattanooga extended stay hotels, announced that it has added two new environmentally friendly Level 2 Blink Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations. The charging stations are complimentary to hotel guests.
The hotel has taken great strides in the local and global effort to create a healthier, greener environment since its opening in 2009. Residence Inn is a member of the Chattanooga Green Lodging Certification Program. The hotel recycles soap, uses environmentally friendly laundry detergents, recycles plastic, and offers towel and linen reuse program which saves water.
In 2010, ECOtality, a leader in electric transportation, launched the EV Project. The EV Project is designed to educate the uninformed about the charging stations and to encourage the deployment of charging infrastructure across the United States.
Part of Larger Project
With the mission of reducing the use of fossil fuels, The EV Project is a public-private partnership funded in part by the Department of Energy. ECOtality used the grant to place Level 2 Stations in prime driving areas.
ECOtality recently held a conference in Chattanooga, and 3H Group Hotels, the management company that owns the Chattanooga conference center hotel, attended the meeting as representatives for the hotel. Because of its prime location, the Residence Inn by Marriott was chosen to add two of only 14,000 Level 2 Stations across 18 major cities in the United States.
“The new EV Stations are excellent additions to the property,” says Ken Cleveland, general manager of the Chattanooga suites hotel. “We have been participating in the Go Green Initiative for a while, and the charging systems take it a step forward.”
The Blink Level 2 Charging Stations recharge vehicles in approximately four to six hours, and are typically used for overnight charging. The standalone units are built for commercial use, and have a friendly, convenient, and adaptable design.


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