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It is becoming increasingly common for luxury hotels to offer electric vehicle charging on site.
By Katharine Swindells | July 12 2021
The growth in luxury hotels investing in electric vehicle (EV) chargers reflects rising demand for sustainable transport infrastructure and a shift in luxury hospitality towards the environmentally-conscious consumer.
Sales of electric vehicles have grown by more than fourfold in the past five years, according to data from the IEA. China has led the way, but there has been strong growth in Europe and the United States as well. In response to this, it is becoming increasingly common for luxury hotels to offer electric vehicle charging on site.
Elite Traveler analyzed data from EVHotels, an app that locates electric vehicle charging at more than a quarter of a million hotels worldwide, alongside reports and press releases from leading hotel brands. We found that among some of the world’s leading luxury hotels, EV charging offer has grown by 19 percentage points over the past five years, with one in four properties now offering the service.
According to data provided by Waldorf Astoria, the hotel group has charging facilities at 20 of its locations – the most of any of the brands Elite Traveler analyzed. Ritz-Carlton follows closely behind, as 40% of its properties have charging facilities.
Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis hotel groups, both owned by Marriott, make it particularly easy for prospective guests by clearly listing all of their electric vehicle-friendly locations on their website.
Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis have more than 150 properties worldwide; nearly three-quarters of their North American properties have electric car chargers, compared to just over a quarter in Europe, and lower figures elsewhere in the world.
Luxury hotels in the US are adapting quickly, installing ev chargers with purpose, but the number of publicly available chargers is still very low compared to other leading nations.
While the US has five private chargers for every million people – higher than most other leading countries – they lag behind in the public infrastructure. The US only has around 230 public vehicle chargers per million people, and 85% of those are slow chargers. In comparison, the Netherlands has close to 3,000 chargers per million people, and Norway has over 1,700 per million, with almost half being fast chargers.
Even for those with electric vehicle chargers in their homes and hotels, driving long distances or planning trips with an electric vehicle will be logistically difficult without the public infrastructure in place for fast-charging en route. Sustainability advocates say that, while business support of electric vehicles is crucial, public investment is vitally needed to allow electric vehicles to truly rival, and ultimately replace their gas-powered counterparts.