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LNG Electric to bring EV chargers to 13,000 U.S. hotels

May 29, 2023

Electric vehicle charging provider LNG Electric, in partnership with design firm MD7, will deploy Level 2 and Level 3—also known as Direct Current Fast Charging Stations—at more than 13,000 hotels and 40 multifamily communities natonwide, the company announced on Tuesday, May 23, according to a report by Hotel Dive.

Starting this month, the first batch of Level 2 chargers will be deployed to Marriott and Hilton brand hotels in Ohio, Florida, and Illinois. Each hotel will get two to six chargers, depending on the property size, LNG Electric CEO Taylor Weaver told Hotel Dive.

With the rollout, LNG Electric aims to make EV chargers more widely available and decrease traveler stress by deploying thousands of chargers to a stop already on their itineraries: hotels.

LNG Electric’s deployment is intended to mitigate what Weaver calls “range anxiety”—the stress felt by EV drivers who are unsure of where, or if, they will be able to stop to recharge their cars.

This anxiety was reflected in a 2022 McKinsey study that found that, while EV sales in the United States have climbed by more than 40% each year on average since 2016, nearly half of consumers say battery or charging issues are their top concerns about buying EVs.

According to Weaver, this concern comes from a lack of available EV charging stations. In September, NPR reported that there are about 46,000 charging stations  nationwide, compared to around 150,000 gas stations.

This discrepancy is amplified by the fact that EVs, on average, can travel a shorter distance per station stop. An EV can usually travel less than 200 miles on a full charge, while the average gas-powered car is able to travel between 380 and 460 miles per a full tank, Weaver said. 

While LNG Electric’s first hotel deployments are scheduled for Marriott and Hilton properties, Weaver said any hotel built after 1970 could feasibly accommodate the Level 2 EV charging stations; which can be installed in four to six weeks. Once installed, the Level 2 charger can fully charge a car in four to eight hours.

The Level 3 DCFC charger has a significantly shorter charge time of from 30 to 45 minutes, but it has a more costly and complex installation process, taking three to four months. However, LNG Electric is in talks with several potential partners to deploy the DCFC to reduce charge times nationwide.

Regardless of model, Weaver said, EV charging stations can significantly benefit a hotel owner,—noting they can increase guest satisfaction and potentially revenue as they draw travelers who may not have otherwise stayed but do because they need to charge their car.

Another company bringing EV charging to hotels is EOS Linx. Last year, the company struck a deal with Choice Hotels to install EOS charging stations at the brand’s properties in Atlanta and Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee.

“Choice Hotels properties are often located close to highways—making them ideal locations for EV chargers—and this collaboration brings us one step closer to creating a robust EV charging infrastructure that will help support our nation’s EV growth targets,” Blake Snider, president at EOS Linx, said in a company announcement.

Additionally, Georgia-based EV charging network Stay-N-Charge has collaborated with roughly 40 U.S. hotels to install chargers.

Research contact: @HotelDive

Las Vegas Sands plans $4B casino development on Long Island, New York

March 29, 2023

The Las Vegas Sands, a Paradise, Nevada-based casino and resort company, announced plans to develop a multi-billion-dollar flagship hospitality, entertainment and casino project on Long Island, New York, reports Hotel Dive.

The transaction, which still requires certain approvals, would grant the resort company control of up to 80 acres in Nassau County, New York. The $4 billion Long Island development would include outdoor community spaces, four- and five-star hotel rooms, a live performance venue, convention space and a casino, Newsday first reported.

Other features of the planned site, which is currently home to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will comprise:

  • Restaurants,
  • Ballrooms,
  • A day spa,
  • A swimming pool, and
  • A health club.

And the perks won’t be just for guests: The Las Vegas Sands plans to partner with trade schools, community colleges, and local universities to offer a wide range of training programs and professional advancement opportunities for laborers on the project.

Robert Goldstein, the company’s chairman and CEO, expects the project to generate thousands of union jobs in both construction and operations. He added that the development will use “cutting-edge sustainable building and operating practices” and will seek guidance from Long Island’s environmental leaders on “its ambition to achieve LEED certification and its goal of being the greenest building on Long Island,” according to a press release.

The company brought in former New York Governor David A. Paterson in 2019 to assist with the development timeline, reported The Nevada Independent. He recently spoke in December at the joint meeting of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers to present the plan for the Long Island site, according to World Casino News.

“[Las Vegas Sands’ track record] gives us a unique perspective on what it takes to develop transformative tourism destinations that positively impact the local community,” said Goldstein. “Based on that experience, we strongly believe Long Island can be home to one of the region’s great entertainment and hospitality developments.”

Research contact: @HotelDive