Your Green Life: "Charging Stations"

By KBJR News 1

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 8:22 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
A new machine sprouted up in Duluth's Holiday Inn. It's a charging station for electric vehicles! There are two other locations in Duluth that have charging stations, but this is the first private company to have them installed.

Gerry Goldfarb, the General Manager of Holiday Inn Duluth told me, "We saw that there was increasing demand for the electric cars coming up to Duluth and we wanted to be the first hotel to have them"

There are about 6–thousand of these charging stations across the country. To help find one of these charging stations, all you need to do is download an app to your smart phone.

"They have applications that you can find on a smart phone, applications that you can find online," Says Paul Axt, the Account Manager at Charge Point MN, "so your able to pinpoint where this station is and also find out what the charge is get directions for that station. In addition to that the software will tell you when the vehicle is charged, it will send you a text message or email saying your vehicle is charge, and its okay to move it."

According to Green Car Reports–dot–com, there are more than 100,000 plug in cars in the country, with about 1,500 of them registered in Minnesota. Mike Coppy is one of those owners and says the new charging station is a great addition to Duluth.

"Oh it's great because around town the engine never comes on!" said Coppy cheerfully.

The Holiday Inn follows many other green practices, but according to Goldfarb this is just another step down the road to greater sustainability.

"We have a green program with Holiday Inn, linen reuse program, we have low flow shower heads that watch water, and just our basic recycling program. We just thought this would be a new step and keep going green." said Goldfarb.

The Charging stations are open to the public for a 2–dollar per hour fee and will be free for guests staying at the hotel.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch