A chain of hotels is now offering EV charging stations to their guests. The Longview group hotels have begun installing charging stations at their locations in Texas. Many of the hotels in their part of town don’t offer EV charging amenities to guests staying with them. The hotel owners have noticed the demand for charging stations in their town growing. Users are able to scan a QR code or download an app as a way of paying for the charge. The stations are also compatible with all types of electric vehicles. The owner of one of the town’s hotels, 281 Lodging Group, has plans to build an apartment building with EV charging stations for use by residents.
The demand for EV charging stations at hotels is rising since more drivers have been switching to electric vehicles. Some older hotels have difficulties with installing the infrastructure for EV charging capabilities, but newer hotels are being built to handle the possibility of an EV infrastructure. Charging stations at hotels can bring another stream of revenue to the hotel. Plus, attract more customers to their hotel by proving a commitment to sustainability and having a highly desired amenity. Guests may even be tempted to stay longer if they have access to a way to charge their vehicle. Installation costs can even be offset by grants and tax credits.
Having charging stations available at hotels makes it easier for long distance travelers to charge their vehicles while they are on the road. Long distance travel is one of the biggest roadblocks drivers have when it comes to electric vehicles. Some vehicles do not have a big EV range and some areas don’t have enough EV charging stations for travelers. Many companies are working hard to improve the EV range of their car batteries and more charging stations are being installed along interstate highways all across the country.