If their goals are reached, LNG Electric along with partner MD7 will give the U.S. hotel industry a significant boost in electric vehicle charging presence in the coming years. According to a press release issued this past week, LNG Electric and design firm MD7 will place Level 2 and Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) EV charging stations at over 13,000 hotels in the next five to six years. The planned installations will also make LNG Electric one of the top three owner-operators of EV charging stations in the U.S.
Based on the most recent data I have; I estimate at least 15 percent of U.S. hotels offer EV charging stations. LNG Electric aims to create a charging network covering 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. hospitality market. With that boost and other activity, one could conclude our industry will have about 30 percent or more of its hotels with EV charging stations by 2028. LNG Energy is making the commitment to tackle the range anxiety EV drivers can have. And with a growing demand for reduced charge times nationwide, LNG Electric is also moving to meet the need to reduce nationwide charge times by installing more Level 3 charging stations as part of its planned network.
“MD7 is the best at installing connected infrastructure like EV charging stations,” said Taylor Weaver, CEO of LNG Electric. “Their willingness to help us even the playing field and provide charging stations for people at every income level shows just how committed they are to our mission. We want to power the EV grid, no matter where you are.”
“We’re excited to partner with LNG Electric to provide first-class EV charging technology to apartment complexes and hotels, furthering our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Michael Fraunces, President of MD7. “We support their mission to provide affordable EV grid access to more people than ever before, and we can’t wait for what’s next.”
The first deployments will be at Marriot and Hilton brand hotels in Ohio, Florida, and Illinois.
U.S. Electrical Vehicle Charging Data
According to the Electric Vehicle Charging Assn., EV drivers are currently able to access more than 50,990 charging outlets across the U.S., not including the thousands of home charging ports. California alone is supported by an extensive EV charging network of 15,930 charging outlets.
How many people are driving EVs in the U.S.? According to the Biden Administration, there are now more than three million EVs on the road and over 130,000 public chargers across the country. As of March, there were 40 battery-electric vehicle models available in the U.S. In February, President Biden publicly committed to building out a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030. In support of this vision, the Department of Transportation announced the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program (NEVI), a $5 billion initiative to create a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle chargers focused on major highways that support most long-distance trips.
As has been written before here on Green Lodging News, there are so many good reasons to add EV charging stations to your hotel. Here’s hoping both government and private efforts will result in a much more robust EV charging network in the years ahead.
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