Fairmont installs GE electric vehicle charging stations

Three of Fairmont’s Victoria and Vancouver eco-friendly hotels have announced the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in partnership with GE Energy Industrial Solutions.

Two GE DuraStation™ EV charging stations have been installed at The Fairmont Waterfront while one EV charging station has been installed at each of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and The Fairmont Empress.

The DuraStation’s design offers Level II charging, which reduces charging time from 12-18 hours to four-eight hours, depending on the size of the vehicle’s battery. The hotels will make the charging stations available to guests and other travellers.

“Sustainable travel is important in order to minimize our industry’s impact on the planet,” said Sharon Owen, energy manager for The Fairmont Waterfront, in a statement. “This is what Fairmont’s Green Partnership Program is all about — and we’re proud to add to the city’s electric vehicle infrastructure.”

Fairmont Rewards Guests for “Driving Green”
The Victoria and Vancouver green hotels involved in the project have also created a program that provides guests who drive electric or hybrid vehicles with complimentary valet parking (a value of over $40/night). Local diners will also be given complimentary valet parking for their hybrid or electric car when they have dinner in the hotel restaurants (dinner only, minimum purchase of $100).