Ritz-Carlton Charlotte gearing up for electric cars

Sometimes hotel technology goes beyond reservations systems, augmented reality apps and website innovations, and gets into roadside attractions.

The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, N.C., is doing just that with its installation of a permanent Level II charging station for travelers pulling up to the hotel in their all-electric vehicles.

Lots of automakers — including Mitsubishi, Ford, BMW, Nissan and Renault, to name a few — either have electric cars on the market or should debut them in the next year or so.

The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, which is LEED Gold-certified, installed a bollard-mount CT2101 electric vehicle charging station manufactured by Coulomb Technologies.

The charging station has two ports: one provides a 120-volt Level 1 charge, taking about 10-12 hours to fully charge the vehicle, and the other features a 240-volt Level 2 charge, taking about half the time.

However, the hotel envisions many guests’ electric vehicles just needing to be topped off with a perhaps a 30-45 minute charge. Just as changing stations for parents and their babies are common at many retail outlets, some day soon charging stations may become the norm at hotels.

A spokeswoman for the hotel says the service will be free to guests.

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  1. Kerry J Beck

    The EV charging stations for the Ritz Carlton – Charlotte will be for guests only. Public charging stations are currently located at the Pay, Park & Go lots (.PayParkandGo.com) in Uptown Charlotte. These lots are managed by Standard Parking.

    The City of Chralotte is coordinating the installation of a total of 30 charging stations within the city in 2011. Most will be accessible to the public. For more information contact Charlotte Center City Partners at .FindYourCenter.org or Standard Parking at .AboutParking.com.

  2. Dave D.

    I was told this was free to Public, not just guests. Am I correct?


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