LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has started the largest installation of Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging stations in Nevada.
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. All units will have the industry standard SAE J1772 charging ports.
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.
In 2012, Transparency Market Research reported 71,174 registered electronic vehicles in the United States and more than 180,000 in the world. The figure has more than doubled since 2011. The number of registered EVs in the world is expected to grow by more than 18 percent by 2018.
This installation of EV charging stations is part of a long-standing partnership with NV Energy, and one of many clean energy projects underway by MGM Resorts.