MGM Resorts International has announced plans to begin the state of Nevada's largest-ever installation of electric vehicle charging stations in Las Vegas and throughout the state.
Twenty-seven EV charging stations will be located at nine of the company's Las Vegas resorts in addition to MGM Resorts' main corporate offices. Additional stations will be available at Circus Circus Reno. The charging stations, which will be installed in guest garages and valet areas, will be available for employees and guests to use at no cost.
"It is important that our guests have the convenience and ability to continue sustainable habits during their time with us," said Cindy Ortega, chief sustainability officer of MGM Resorts International. "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."
Drivers will be able to access real-time information about the ChargePoint EV charging stations via a mobile application, which shows 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 charger is equipped with two Level 2 charging ports supplying up to 7.2 kW, full motion color LCD display and a robust cord retraction system. All units will have the industry standard SAE J1772 charging ports.
"The installation of EV charging stations provides yet another draw to visit and stay at the MGM Resort properties," said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, a network of EV charging stations. "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."
Four charging stations at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand Las Vegas and Circus Circus Reno have already been installed and are fully operational. Installation of the remaining EV charging stations is expected to be complete by the end of February 2014. MGM Resorts installed its first charging stations in 2011 at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and The Shops at Crystals. In 2012, an additional station was installed at its corporate office.