If some product or service takes off in the market then it is only a matter of time before it becomes common practice. Ever since the pandemic slowed down EVs took charge of proceedings and not only entered the market but also sent the message loud and clear that it is here to stay. Since they are now becoming the norm slowly, to increase demand among travelers hotels are now adding EV charging stations on popular routes.
Fuel-based cars have a short future, you better believe it. Electric vehicles have successfully challenged traditional vehicles in all aspects, maybe barring the pricing factor, however, with government backing and policies that will work out as well.
But the recent move of hotels and restaurants to incorporate charging stations cleanly shows where the balance is swinging. It is not just to compete with each other but also to stay relevant and drive crowds that such a move is now becoming a common practice.
Indian Hotels Company installed 224 EV charging stations at 92 of their properties last year and plans to add more in the future. Marriott International partnered with ChargeZone and set up 100 charging stations across India. These are not the only hotel chains scrambling to make a move as everyone’s following suit. A move such as this is making it possible for people to make out-station trips in their EVs.
Chander K Baljee, Chairman and Managing Director of Royal Orchid Hotels Limited said, “Currently, more than 20 of our properties have charging stations. Plans are afoot to roll out charging stations across all of our 82 properties in the next three months.”
Just a week ago WelcomHeritage also installed an EV charge station at its property in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan. CEO of the hospitality chain, Abinash Manghani said, “We have EV charging stations at our properties in Kasauli and Ramgarh as well. We intend to cover the popular driving holiday route that runs through Himachal Pradesh, from Chandigarh via Kasauli and Solan, to Shimla.”
To increase demand among travelers, hotels are now adding EV charging stations on popular routes. Be it SunFuel, the provider of EV charging stations, The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, or any EV user they all have the same view to share.
SunFuel wants to install its chargers in all 1,600 luxury hotels in India, Whitefield in Bengaluru wants to have charge stations because most of their customers visit them for this purpose and end up waiting and ordering food and beverages with them, while EV owners have always been looking for a place to charge their vehicle. And so it is a common goal or target at the moment that seems to be the next big thing in the hotel and hospitality industry.