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February 24, 2012 > Electric car charging stations at W Silicon Valley

Electric car charging stations at W Silicon Valley

Submitted By Rosanne Oberst

W Silicon Valley has partnered with ChargePoint Network to offer four fully operational electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for guest and visitors. ChargePoint is a network of electric vehicle charging stations that offer numerous opportunities to recharge your EV away from home.

W Silicon Valley is the only hotel in the Newark, Fremont, and Union City area that currently has EV charging stations, and is positioned nicely by the Dumbarton Bridge. "We are very conscious about becoming more of a green and sustainable hotel, and it's important that we continue to be a great trend setter for other hotels and companies within the area," says Director of Sales and Marketing Rosanne Oberst.

These new stations will fully charge a Nissan Leaf, for example, in three hours. The stations are low maintenance and managed through ChargePoint by Coulomb Technologies Inc. in Campbell, California. One of the oldest and broadest networks of charging stations, ChargePoint lets consumers charge their cars at 750 locations around the country without subscriptions. ChargePoint stations are mostly built by Coulomb but are owned and operated by businesses or local governments.

The hotel will charge for the service in increments of $5 per hour per charging session, and this can be done with either a ChargePoint card or a credit card that uses Blink (a built in chip). In case a guest has neither, a phone number is displayed at the station to call in a credit card number.

The number is 1-888-758-4389, or log in at www.chargepoint.net. Although there are no subscriptions, ChargePoint customers who register can plug into the entire network of stations using an online system that lets them schedule charging appointments and pay with a ChargePoint payment card. Registered members set up online accounts that are used to preload the payment cards with money and to locate and make appointments at the stations.

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