Newly-installed electric vehicle charging stations at the Marriott
Waikiki help address growing demand for sustainable tourism
Upcoming installations planned for Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach
Walk and OHANA Waikiki East in Honolulu, Wailea Beach Marriott on Maui
Solutions tailored for commercial, residential, recreational and
transportation parking locations
(NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that it has installed electric vehicle
(EV) charging stations at the Marriott Waikiki to serve hotel guests and
respond to increased demand for sustainable practices in the tourism and
hospitality industries. The new chargers are part of Hawaii's growing
charging infrastructure currently being deployed to support the electric
vehicles of today and tomorrow. In March of this year AeroVironment was
selected to help lead the way to a cleaner transportation future through
an $820,000 contract from the Hawaii
EV Ready Grants Program.
AeroVironment shows an example of the electric vehicle charging
station that was installed at the Marriott Waikiki to serve hotel
guests and respond to increased demand for sustainable practices in
the tourism and hospitality industries. (Photo: Business Wire)
According to a recent study by TripAdvisor®,
eco-friendliness is an important consideration for travelers and the
U.S. hospitality industry. In the travel website's annual
survey of more than 1,000 U.S. hoteliers, B&B owners and innkeepers,
70% plan to reduce their impact on the environment this year. Another
recent Trip Advisor poll
found that 47% of travelers now take eco-friendly factors into account
when making travel plans. Eco-friendly vacations now include the
availability of electric rental cars.
"Marriott is excited about the advancements in green travel options and
we want to support our guests who are making electric vehicle choices,"
said Rob Bahl, Marriott's vice president of engineering and facilities
for the Americas. "Adding EV charging stations is just one of Marriott's
initiatives supporting our ‘Spirit To Preserve' environmental efforts."
AeroVironment also announced plans to install additional charging
stations at Outrigger's OHANA Waikiki East, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach
Walk and Wailea Beach Marriott on Maui. The charging infrastructure
initiative helps to comply with a new state law requiring that a portion
of all publicly available parking lots of a certain size become
EV-ready. The deadline for EV readiness is midnight, December 31, 2011.
"AeroVironment has a rich history with the state of Hawaii, and together
we have been trailblazers in the EV space," said Kristen Helsel, vice
president of EV Solutions at AeroVironment. "Our work with partners such
as Marriott and Outrigger, both leaders in the sustainability movement,
demonstrates our commitment to helping Hawaii build the foundation for a
cleaner transportation future. With products and services that satisfy
all EV charging needs we look forward to working with the state,
businesses and individuals to expand that foundation throughout Hawaii."
Any business, office, recreation location, residence or transportation
hub with parking is a candidate for EV charging systems. As a leader in
EV charging, AeroVironment offers comprehensive solutions for the entire
spectrum of parking locations — including government/public lots,
workplaces, airports, condominiums, commercial developments, shopping
malls, auto dealers, restaurants, parks, and other retail locations.
Incentives and special programs may include up to 30 percent in Hawaii
EV Ready Rebates, and up to 30 percent in federal income tax credits to
offset the cost of buying and installing commercial charging systems,
free site layout consultations, support from AeroVironment-certified EV
experts, EV charger education and training for maintenance staff and
AeroVironment provides electric vehicle charging stations and
installation services for Nissan®
North America's Nissan LEAF™, BMW's
Energy's eVgo network, and for the Oregon
Department of Transportation and the Washington
Department of Transportation as part of the "Green Highway"
AeroVironment began working in Hawaii more than a decade ago, first
deploying fast charging stations for passenger EVs in the early 2000s
and then establishing world altitude records with its solar-electric,
unmanned aircraft systems at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range
Facility at Barking Sands on Kauai.
To learn more about AeroVironment and for more information on installing
a commercial charging station visit evsolutions.avinc.com.
About AeroVironment, Inc.
AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops,
produces and supports an advanced portfolio of electric transportation
solutions and electric-powered Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS). AeroVironment's comprehensive EV
charging solutions include EV home charging, public charging, fast
charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete
installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers,
utilities, government agencies and businesses. AeroVironment's industrial
electric vehicle charging systems support thousands of electric
materials handling vehicles in mission-critical supply chains for
Fortune 500 enterprises. AeroVironment's power
cycling and test systems provide EV developers and EV battery
manufacturers with market-leading simulation and cycling capabilities.
Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services
use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched
unmanned aircraft systems to provide situational awareness to
tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance,
surveillance and communication. More information is available at www.avinc.com
Building on more than 20 years of energy conservation experience,
Marriott is committed to protecting the environment. The company's
Spirit To Preserve® environmental strategy calls for: greening our
multi-billion dollar supply chain; further reducing energy and water
consumption by 25 percent per available room by 2017; expanding our
portfolio of green hotels and buildings and green hotel development
tenfold over the next four years; educating and inspiring employees and
guests to support the environment; and investing in innovative,
large-scale conservation projects worldwide.
For more information about our sustainability efforts visit http://www.marriott.com/environment.
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