For EV owners in New York, it will soon be easier to charge your car in the city. Starwood Hotels’ eco-minded brand, Element, is adding EV charging stations to its new landmark Times Square hotel in addition to five other locations in New York City. The hotel is using the Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint network of open-platform charging stations which makes it easy for drivers to locate stations nearby and track their vehicles’ progress. Five of the Element’s new charging stations will be created in partnership with parking garages with the sixth being an on-site station.
EVs in the auto industry have been all the buzz recently thanks to the Detroit Auto Show, but a network of EV charging stations is still needed to keep up the momentum. The Coulomb ChargePoint stations range in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging, and up to 500 Volt DC charging, which means they are compatible with just about every electric vehicle on the market.
Coulomb is part of an initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy to build 4,600 EV charging stations across the U.S. In addition to the new charging station at Element, two of Starwood’s Aloft brand hotels and three Four Points Sheraton brand hotels in NYC are also providing EV charging stations. The company made headlines back in 2009 after they installed an EV charging station at the Element Lexington — the first charging station of its kind at any hotel in the world.