MGM Resorts International leaders have flipped the switch on the next big, sustainable project to the hit Nevada, installing dozens of new electric car charging stations across the Las Vegas strip and in Reno.
By the end of February, 27 new charging stations came online at nine of the Company's Las Vegas resorts, in addition to MGM Resorts' main corporate offices — the largest installation project of electric vehicle charging stations in the state. Sustainability team leaders unveiled one of the stations at a celebration last month in Mandalay Bay's guest parking garage.
"We have received numerous requests to add more stations and we get more of those requests every day," said Executive Director of Sustainable Facilities Chris Magee. "There has been tremendous growth with interest in electric vehicles, and this gives us a chance to take advantage of a great educational opportunity.
Drivers are able to access real-time information about the electric vehicle charging stations via a ChargePoint mobile application. From their smart phones, vehicle owners can tell whether a station is open, the percentage of charge on the vehicle, when the vehicle is fully charged, and when a charging nozzle has been removed. Each station, including Mandalay Bay's, is equipped with two charging ports and a full motion color LCD display.
"It is important that our guests have the convenience and ability to continue sustainable habits during their time with us," said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer. "The installation of these charging stations encourages green practices in both our guests and employees, serving as a natural step toward smarter, cleaner transportation systems."
MGM Resorts installed its first charging stations in 2011 at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place valet and The Shops at Crystals valet. In 2012, an additional station was installed at its corporate office. Circus Circus Reno installed a station late last year.
All of the resort charging stations are located in the guest garages and many are in the valet areas. There is no fee to charge, as the service is offered as an added amenity to guests.
"The installation of electrical vehicle charging stations provides yet another draw to visit and stay at the MGM Resorts properties," said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, the largest network of electric vehicle charging stations in the nation. "This project shows MGM's commitment to sustainability and continued leadership. It also represents a significant benefit to MGM's guests and employees alike, and allows ChargePoint to move closer to our goal of providing charging wherever people work, shop, eat and play."