The number of electric cars on the road is still minimal compared to gas and hybrid vehicles. But electric models may very well represent the future, and Tysons Corner Marriott is prepared to offer guests traveling with battery-powered transportation the chance to charge their cars for free.
The hotel recently installed two 30-amp charging stations in the lower level of the property's parking garage. This makes Tysons Corner Marriott one of 100 charging locations in the state of Virginia.
Marriott received the stations through Nissan North America, Inc.’s charger donation program that promotes the adoption of energy-efficient electric vehicles. According to Nissan, electric vehicles are expected to make up 10 percent of auto sales by the year 2020.
In an announcement, Shelly DiMeglio, general manager of Tysons Corner Marriott, said, "We’re delighted to provide our guests with a convenient way to charge their electric vehicles. At Marriott Hotels & Resorts we take responsibility for the environmental impact of our operations. By providing this complimentary service, we engage our guests in practices that protect the environment. At the same time, we assist guests who have adopted cost-effective transportation in a tight economy."
If electric cars do begin to take off and grow in popularity, we expect to see plenty more hotels begin installing charging stations to meet the needs of eco-conscious travelers and guests.