Hotels could provide the ideal charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

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A few weeks ago, my husband postulated that he had solved the electric vehicle charging infrastructure crisis. “Hotel chains just need to partner with electric vehicle charging chains,” he said. “Imagine if you could plan a road trip around the fact that every Holiday Inn between you and your destination had a charger for your car.” And I have to admit: he’s right, and it gave me an interesting thought experiment.

America is one of the few places in the world where just about every freeway exit ramp looks the same. Look over the horizon to most heavily populated freeway exits and chances are you’ll find the same gas station companies, fast food brands, and hotel chains. Why not take advantage of our rampant capitalism and make it a good thing for the electric vehicle world?

Now my husband and I wondered why hotel chains made more sense than, say, a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s. It’s rare to find a freeway exit without a McDonald’s, and it looks like EV owners could benefit from the higher density of chargers.

But my man had good reasoning: recharging still takes time, and most hotels are better designed to hang around for a long period of time than a McDonald’s, where you just get your food and go. Hotels generally have more comfortable seating and often offer vaguely more interesting dining options. You can normally connect to a hotel computer. And the hotels that To do adding chargers could easily turn part of the lobby or a conference room into a “wait for your car to charge” area. It wouldn’t require a serious change to the layout of the hotel to create a comfortable waiting area, when sitting in a McDonald’s for 45 minutes seems miserable.

Hotels also make sense, as anyone on a long road trip will likely need to stop for a sleep at some point, and there’s no guarantee your hotel will have a charger nearby.

Would this solve all the EV infrastructure problems we have around the world? Absolutely not. But I have a feeling we would be better served by letting the forces of capitalism take the form of hotels using EV chargers to make money, instead of waiting for the feds to step in and shake things up .

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