According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are currently around 43,000 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country. As a hotel manager, you may be wondering whether or not installing an EV charging station at your business is worthwhile. In fact, hotels have a lot to gain from offering EV charging stations. Here are four things you can do if you offer EV charging:
1. Attract More Customers
One of the biggest ways you can benefit from adding an EV charging station is the ability to attract more customers. For example, people traveling in an electric vehicle will be much more likely to choose to stay at a hotel that offers a charging station, as it will give them the opportunity to charge their vehicle so they can continue their trip. If you don’t offer a station, they will more than likely look elsewhere, costing you a customer.
2. Gain Additional Revenue
Another reason that you should consider installing an EV charging station is the ability to generate additional revenue. Charging stations work similarly to gas stations as they exchange fuel for money. The fees that the drivers pay in exchange for these charging services can generate additional revenue for your hotel if they are higher than the cost of electricity.
3. Meet Sustainability Goals
Instated by the U.S. Green Building Council, a LEED certification is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. This internationally-recognized certificate verifies that a building was designed and built with efficiency and sustainability in mind. If your hotel isn’t yet LEED-certified, installing EV charging stations can give you a boost to help you secure this distinction. This certificate will set your hotel apart from others in the area and give you another reason to draw in eco-conscious customers.
4. Benefit From Rebates
Lastly, installing EV charging stations can allow you to take advantage of state and federal rebates. However, these rebates have a fixed timeframe, and once they are gone, they may not come back. This means that by putting off installing stations you could risk missing out on these incentives. Many rebates cover between 50-80% of the total cost of installation, making them something that you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
If your hotel currently doesn’t have an EV charging station, consider these four benefits carefully. Offering EV charging can not only help you draw in more customers, but they may even help you achieve a LEED certificate. Along with the available rebates and potential revenue, you won’t want to delay installation for long.