Move over recycling bins and bulk shampoo dispensers: the hottest new green accessory, at least at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, is an electric vehicle charging station, available to guests free of charge.The LEED-certified hotel unveiled the new gizmo last week in collaboration with local electric car company Li-Ion Motors, which brought out an Inizio roadster to show off.
The property is the first Ritz-Carlton to install a guests-only electric car charging station. The two power ports will fuel up cars that are completely tapped out in 10-12 hours and also top off in under an hour rides that still have some juice. There are plans to add additional, similar charging stations around Charlotte.
It’s hardly the first green effort for the hotel. Its rooftop garden offers up ingredients for the menu at house restaurant BLT Steak, and a rooftop colony of 100,000 bees provide honey and make an environmental impact. The hotel’s bottled water comes from an in-house purification system and parking, normally $30, is free for those that roll up in electric cars.